Chicago: Amra-Faye Wright returns as 'Velma Kelly'

From 5 Apr 2010 Amra-Faye Wright once again plays 'Velma Kelly' in the Broadway musical Chicago, assuming the role from Terra C. MacLeod.

Amra-Faye Wright as starred as Velma Kelly in both the London and South Africa companies of Chicago. She also took part in both the Broadway and London 10th Anniversary productions of Chicago.

Wright's other theatrical credits include 'Vi Moore' in 'Footloose' (UK Tour), 'Sandy' in 'Grease' (Johannesburg Superbowl), 'Sheila' in 'A Chorus Line' (Civic Theatre, Johannesburg) and others. She has written and performed several one-woman shows, including 'It's Not Where I Start,' 'Drinks on Me' and 'Rouge Pulp.'

As previously announced CW Network's "Gossip Girl" star Matthew Settle will assume the role of 'Billy Flynn' from 19 Apr 2010.

Chicago now stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Michelle Williams (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Mama Morton), Ray Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Now celebrating thirteen years on the Great White Way, Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

The show has been playing on Broadway since 14 Nov 1996, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre on the 29 Jan 2003, where it is currently booking period through to 5 Sep 2010.

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'.

Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.

The musical 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. It is the eighth longest-running production in Broadway history, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly

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