Kandi Burruss makes her Broadway debut in Chicago
The "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star assumes the role of Matron Mama Morton in the long-running Broadway production.
Broadway has a new Countess of the Clink! Kandi Burruss, star of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, and member of the 1990s girl group of Xscape, officially makes her Broadway debut as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre tonight. Ms. Burruss is set to play a limited 8-week engagement through to March 11, 2018.
Ms. Burress has released two solo studio albums to date - "Hey Kandi..." in 2000 and "Kandi Coated" in 2010. She has also written and co-written songs for artists such as TLC, Destiny's Child, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, *NSYNC, Alicia Keys, Faith Evans, Monica, Blu Cantrell, and Boyz II Men. She has been a part of the cast of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" since 2009 and has starred in three spin-off series - "The Kandi Factory" in 2012, "Kandi's Wedding" in 2014, and "Kandi's Ski Trip" in 2015.
The principal Broadway cast currently includes Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (as Roxie Hart), Olivier Award winner Leigh Zimmerman (as Velma Kelly), Tom Hewitt (as Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (as Amos Hart), Kandi Burruss (as Matron 'Mama' Morton), and R. Lowe (as Mary Sunshine).
Directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.
The Broadway revival of Chicago began previews at the Ambassador Theatre on October 23, 1996, officially opening on November 14.
Synopsis: " 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 such showtune classics as "All That Jazz", "Razzle Dazzle", and "Mr. Cellophane", among many others.
The creative team features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including "Best Musical Revival," and the winner of the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Cast Recording."
Chicago Tickets are available now for performances through to September 30, 2018.
(Photo by Elton Anderson)