Chicago: Samantha Harris to make her Broadway debut as 'Roxie'
Two-time Emmy Award nominee and TV personality Samantha Harris ('The Insider,' 'Dancing with the Stars') makes her Broadway stage debut in the starring role of 'Roxie Hart' in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago for a six-week limited engagement, from 17 Jul through to 16 Aug 2009.
Best known to national primetime TV audiences as a correspondent and fill-in anchor on CBS's 'The Insider' and as co-host of ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars.' Harris recently filled in for Meredith Vieira for one week as host of 'Who Wants To Be a Millionaire.' Daytime TV viewers will also know Harris for her contributions as a special correspondent on ABC's 'Good Morning America' and many guest co-host stints on ABC's 'The View,' as well as several appearances on CBS's 'The Early Show.'
Harris has appeared on stage in the 23-city North American tour of 'Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python' and also starred on stage in the original L.A. cast of the award-winning 'Reefer Madness: The New 'Hit' Musical.'
Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Sofï¿½a Vergara (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Now 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 where it is currently booking through to 6 Sep 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.