Paige Davis & Amra-Faye Wright to return to Chicago


Producers of the Broadway musical Chicago have announced that the show will welcome back two of its formers stars on 30 March 2015 at the Ambassadors Theatre:

Emmy nominee Paige Davis will take over the role of Roxie Hart from Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles for a four-week limited engagement through to 27 April 2015, whilst Amra-Faye Wright will assume the role of Velma Kelly from Carly Hughes and continue through to 26 July 2015.

Ms. Nettles and Ms. Hughes will both play their final performances on 29 March 2015.

Paige Davis has also appeared in the Broadway production of 'Boeing-Boeing,' as well as National Tours of 'Sweet Charity,' Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast,' and 'The Vagina Monologues.' She is perhaps best known for her TV host duties on 'Trading Spaces,' 'Home and Family' and 'Home Made Simple,' for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Amra-Faye Wright has played the role of Velma Kelly in a total of five continents: on Broadway, in London's West End, in Rio de Janeiro, in her native South Africa and in Japan (where she performed the role entirely in Japanese). She has also toured with Chicago through the US, UK and Europe. Other theatre credits include the UK tour of 'Footloose' and South African productions of 'Grease,' and 'A Chorus Line.'

The current principal cast of Chicago features Jennifer Nettles (Roxie Hart), Carly Hughes (Velma Kelly), John Dossett (Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Matron Mama Morton), and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, Broadway's longest-running musical revival, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history. It has been playing on Broadway since 14 November 1996, and it moved to its current home, the Ambassador Theatre, on the 29 January 2003.

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'.

The musical features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb. The revival production 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. The show is currently booking to 21 June 2015.

- by Tom Millward

Photo by Jeremy Daniel
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