Shiri Maimon debuts in Chicago on Broadway

The Israeli pop star and X Factor Israel television personality is set to play a limited engagement as Roxie Hart through to October 5, 2018.

Shiri Maimon

The name on everybody's lips is gonna be... Shiri Maimon! The Israeli popstar and "X Factor" TV personality officially makes her Broadway debut tonight, when she assumes the leading role of Roxie Hart in Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Her limited engagement runs through to October 5, 2018. Michelle DeJean played her final performance in the role yesterday, September 20.

Ms. Maimon has enjoyed a career in the music industry for over 15 years and is one of Israel's biggest stars. Career highlights include performing at The Eurovision Song Contest and MTV European Music Awards, working as a judge on three seasons of "The X Factor Israel" and starring in Evita at Habima, the national theater of Israel, earning her the Best Actress honor at the Israeli Theatre Awards.

The principal Broadway cast of Chicago currently includes Shiri Maimon (as Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (as Velma Kelly), "Seinfeld" star John O'Hurley (as Billy Flynn), Evan Harrington (as Amos Hart), Raena White​ (as Matron 'Mama' Morton), and R. Lowe (as Mary Sunshine). As previously announced, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. is set to star as Billy Flynn from October 6 through to November 18, 2018.

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 March 31, 2019.

(Photo by Dudi Hason)