Chicago: Carol woods temporarily plays 'Matron 'Mama' Morton' from 25 - 31 May
Carol Woods temporarily returns to the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' in the Tony Award winning musical, Chicago, from 25 - 31 May 2009.
In addition to Chicago, Woods' Broadway credits include 'One Mo' Time' (2002), '45 Seconds From Broadway' (2001), 'Follies' (2001 revival), 'The Goodbye Girl' (1993), 'A Little Hotel on the Side' (1992 revival), 'The Crucible' (1991), 'Stepping Out' (1987) and 'Grind' (1985).
Woods is playing the role while Hispanic TV star Sofï¿½a Vergara heads to Miami to headline the Chicago National Tour at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 26 - 31 May 2009. Upon completion of the Miami engagement, Vergara will return to the Broadway company on 1 Jun 2009, before exiting the show on 7 Jun 2009.
As previously announced Chandra Wilson will assume the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' from 8 Jun 2009.
Chicago now stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Celebrating twelve years on the Great White Way, Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival.
The show has been playing on Broadway since 14 Nov 1996, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre on the 29 Jan 2003. The musical has recently extended its booking period through to 20 Dec 2009.
Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. The show features the well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.
Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.
The musical is directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, scene design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Scott Lehrer.
Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. It is the eighth longest-running production in Broadway history, as well as Broadwayï¿½s longest-running musical revival.