Chicago: Bianca Marroqui plays Roxie Hart
Beginning 20 Dec 2010, the Broadway musical Chicago welcomes back Bianca Marroquin to the starring role of merry murderess 'Roxie Hart,' for a three-week limited holiday engagement through through to 9 Jan 2011.
Marroquin assumes the role from Charlotte d'Amboise who played her final performance on 19 Dec 2010.
Latina television audiences will recognize Marroquin as one of the judges on Univision's hit new celebrity dance competition series "Mira Quien Baila" ("Look Who's Dancing"), which premiered this year.
Having a longstanding history with 'Roxie Hart,' Marroquin first portrayed the role in the Mexico City production of Chicago in 2002. For that performance, she received five awards from the Mexican Critics Association, including New Revelation and Best Actress.
Following that production, she was then invited to crossover from Mexico City to New York City, and made her English-language debut as 'Roxie Hart' on Broadway later that year. This makes Marroquin the first - and only - Latina actress to crossover from Mexico to Broadway in a leading role.
Marroquin later took 'Roxie' on the road, kicking off the third National Tour of Chicago and earning a 2004 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actress. She has also appeared on Broadway in 'The Pajama Game' with Harry Connick Jr. and most recently as 'Daniela' in the musical 'In the Heights.'
Marroquin joins the Broadway company that currently features Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Lavon Fisher-Wilson (Mama Morton), Robert Creightor (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Now celebrating fourteen 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 3 Jul 2011.
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.Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart
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