Ryan Silverman begins performances in Chicago

Ryan Silverman re-joins the cast of Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre in the role of 'Billy Flynn' from this evening, 2 September 2015.

He will join the current principal Broadway cast which features Dylis Croman (Roxie Hart), Carly Hughes (Velma Kelly), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Matron Mama Morton), and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Silverman most recently starred in 'Side Show' on Broadway at the St James Theatre. Other Broadway credits include Raoul in 'The Phantom of the Opera' and 'Cry Baby'. Other credits include 'Passion' (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), 'Into the Woods' (MUNY) and 'Camelot' at the Kennedy Center.

As previously announced, actress and "Dancing With the Stars" winner Rumer Willis will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart from 14 September 2015 for a limited run through to 1 November 2015. Amra Faye Wright will also return to the role of Velma Kelly from 5 September 2015.

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 10 January 2016.

- by Tom Millward

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