Chicago is 12 years old! LaVon Fisher-Wilson assumes the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton'



On 14 Nov 2008, Broadway's six-time Tony Award-winning musical Chicago will celebrate two major milestones: its 12th Anniversary and its 5,000th performance on The Great White Way.

Chicago has the distinction of being the second longest-running show currently on Broadway, the eighth longest-running production in Broadway history and Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

Directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, the Broadway production now stars two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as 'Roxie Hart' and Tony Award nominee Brenda Braxton as 'Velma Kelly.'

Both Ms. d'Amboise and Ms. Braxton hold records for having played Roxie and Velma (respectively) more than any other actress in the 12-year history of the Broadway production -- over 1,250 performances each.

Chicago also stars Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt as 'Billy Flynn,' Raymond Bokhour as 'Amos Hart.' and R. Lowe as 'Mary Sunshine.'

Also on 14 Nov 2008, LaVon Fisher-Wilson assumes the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' from 14 Nov 2008. Fisher-Wilson made her Broadway debut in 2007 when she joined the swing of the Broadway musical 'The Color Purple' (2005).

As previously reported star of the NBC comedy 'The Office,' will make her Broadway stage on 29 Dec 2008 when she assumes the role of fame-hungry murderess 'Roxie Hart.'

Chicago has been playing on Broadway since 14 Nov 1996, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre on the 29 Jan 2003 where it is currently booking through to 28 Jun 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 Broadway�s longest-running musical revival.

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