Rumer Willis finally makes her B'way debut in Chicago


After two delays due to injury, actress and "Dancing With the Stars" winner Rumer Willis finally makes her Broadway debut tonight as Roxie Hart in Kander & Ebb's musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. She was originally scheduled to begin her limited engagement on 18 August 2015, which was then put back to 14 September and then again to 21 September. Willis plays a six-week limited engagement through to 1 November 2015.

Rumer Willis was the recent winner of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” season 20. She began acting as a child starring opposite her mother Demi Moore in the films 'Striptease' and 'Now and Then'. Her stage credits include: 'Love, Loss and What I Wore' (Off-Broadway). Her TV credits include 'Workaholics', 'Pretty Little Liars', and 'Hawaii 5-0'.

The current principal cast of Chicago features Rumer Willis (Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Ryan Silverman (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 through to 3 July 2016.

- by Tom Millward

Rumer Willis as Roxy Hart