Chicago: Tom Hewitt to return as Billy Flynn
On 13 Sep 2010 Tom Hewitt will once again play 'Billy Flynn' in the Broadway musical Chicago, assuming the role from John O'Hurley who plays his final performance on 12 Sep 2010. Hewitt will play a three week engagement from 13 Sep - 3 Oct 2010.
This will mark the sixth time that Hewitt has played the role of slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn, the last time was earlier this year when he played the role from 29 Mar - 18 Apr 2010.
A Broadway regular, Tom Hewitt received a Tony nomination for his performance as 'Frank N. Furter' in 'The Rocky Horror Show' (2000 revival). His other Broadway credits include 'Dracula, The Musical' (2004), 'The Boys form Syracuse' (2002 revival), 'The Lion King' (1997); 'The School for Scandal' (1995 revival) and 'The Sisters Rosenzweig.' (1993).
Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte d’Amboise (Roxie), John O'Hurley (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Mama Morton), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Now celebrating thirteen 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 period through to 3 Jul 2011.
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.