Chicago: Bianca Marroquin returns as Roxie Hart

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Mexican Stage and Screen Star Bianca Marroquin returns to play Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago from 31 Mar 2014 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.

Bianca's Brodway credits also include 'In the Heights' (2010) and 'The Pajama Game' (2006). She played Roxie for the first time on the Broadway stage in 2002 and has since been a regular guest within the Chicago family. She also played the role in her native Mexico, where she rose to fame, in the Spanish-language version of Chicago. Her other Mexico City credits include 'Beauty and the Beast', 'Rent', 'The Vagina Monologues' and 'The Phantom of the Opera'.

Besides her return engagement as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquin has also been named the first National Ambassador for 'Viva Broadway', the new audience development partnership with the Hispanic community, created by The Broadway League to help bridge the world of Broadway with Latino audiences around the country.

According to The Broadway League: 'The long-term initiative of Viva Broadway aims to increase awareness about Broadway while culturally enriching lives, bringing families together and building new careers in the theatre. Specific plans include media and education initiatives, as well as conducting workshops and other programs to help augment and develop career opportunities for Latinos within the Latino community... Marroquin will participate in Broadway League and Viva Broadway events and publicity opportunities throughout the year.'

Bianca Marroquin stated: 'I am so thrilled and honored to serve the Broadway community as the National Ambassador for Viva Broadway. No matter where my career may take me in the fields of television and music, when I'm on Broadway I always feel like I'm home. The Broadway stage is my home. CHICAGO is my home. And I can't wait to get to work with the Viva Broadway initiative, so that Latinos throughout the country and beyond might share in the unique joy and excitement that only comes through the magic of experiencing live Broadway theatre.'

Chicago now stars Amra-Fay Wright (Velma Kelly), Bianca Marroquin (Roxie Hart), Brent Barrett (Billy Flynn), Christopher Fitzgerald (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Carol Wood will also replace Roz Ryan as 'Matron "Mama" Morton' on 31 Mar 2014.

Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, Broadway's longest-running musical revival, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history.

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 through to 31 Aug 2014.

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.

- by Tom Millward

Bianca Marroquin

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