Chicago: Bianca Marroquin, John Schneider, Roz Ryan and Rob Bartlett join cast
Chicago welcomes back three of its veteran performers - Bianca Marroquin as 'Roxie Hart', Rob Bartlett as 'Amos Hart' and Roz Ryan as 'Matron "Mama" Morton' this evening (14 Jan 2008).
The trio are replacing Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Aida Turturro (Matron 'Mama' Morton) and Vincent Pastore (Amos Hart), who all made their final perofrmance in the musical on 13 Jan 2008.
This will be Marroquin's fourth stint as 'Roxie Hart', she made her Broadway debut in the show, when she first played the role of 'Roxie' in 2002. Marroquin has also appeared on Broadway in the 2006 revival of 'The Pajama Game.'
This is Rob Bartlett's fourth stint as 'Amos Hart', a role he first performed in 2002. Bartlett's other Broadway credits include: 'More to Love' (1998), 'Little Shop of Horrors' (2003), 'Sweet Charity' (2005 revival) and 'The Odd Couple' (2005 revival).
Roz Ryan is making her fifth appearance as 'Matron "Mama" Morton,' a role she first played in 2002. Ryan's other Broadway credits include: 'Ain't Misbehavin' (1978), 'Dreamgirls' (1981), 'One Mo' Time' (2002) and 'The Pajama Game' (2006 revival).
Also this evening (14 Jan 2008), John Schneider assumes the role of Billy Flynn from Jeff McCarthy who made his final performance on 13 Jan 2008.
This is John Schneider's second Broadway appearance, he made his Broadway debut as Felix Von Gaigern (replacement) in the musical 'Grand Hotel' (1989).
Schneider shot to fame when he starred as 'Bo Duke' in the CBS television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979 - 1985). He is best known to modern TV viewers as 'Jonathan Kent,' the adoptive father of Super Man, in the TV series 'Smallville'. He is also an accomplished guitar player, singer and songwriter, and has released a total of 11 solo albums.
Chicago 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 29 Jun 2008 2007.
Chicago also currently stars Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
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 BroadwayÃ¯Â¿Â½s longest-running musical revival. The show will celebrate its 11th anniversary on 14 Nov 2007.
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 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 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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