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Chicago: Bebe Neuwirth, Brenda Braxton and Raymond Bokhour join cast


Bebe Neuwirth, who won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in Chicago, returns to the show to play the musical's other bad girl Roxie Hart, from 31 Dec 2006 to 25 Mar 2007. She assumes the role from Michelle DeJean.

Ms Neuwirth will be joined by Brenda Braxton and Raymond Bokhour, who both return to the roles of Velma Kelly and Amos Hart respectively.

Bebe Neuwirth made her Broadway debut in 1980 as Shiela, in the orignal production of 'A Chorus Line' (1975). She won her first Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her betrayal of Nickie in Sweet Charity (1986 Revival). Her other Broadway credits include: Little Me (1982 Revival) Damn Yankees (1994 Revival) and Fosse (1999). Ms Neuwirth is known to TV audiences for her Emmy Award winning role as Lilith in Cheer's and Frasier.

Brenda Braxton returns to Chicago for her sixth stint in the role of Velma Kelly. Her Broadway credits include: Cats (1982), Dreamgirls (original and 1987 revival), Legs Diamond (1988), Jelly's Last Jam (1992), and Smokey Joe's Cafe (1995) - for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. Ms Braxton assumes the role of Velma Kelly from Amra-Faye Wright.

Raymond Bokhour made his Broadway debut in 2005 playing the role of Amos Hart. Mr Bokhour assumes the role of Amos from Rob Bartlett.

Chicago also features Roz Ryan as Matron 'Mama' Morton, **Huey Lewis as Billy Flynn and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
**Philip Casnoff assumes the role of Billy Flynn from 15 Jan 2007.

The musical 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 to the 25 Mar 2007. The show celebrated its 10th anniversary on 14 Nov 2006.

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

Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. Featuring well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.

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.

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