Chicago: Bianca Marroquin, Rob Bartlett and Roz Ryan return to show on 14 Jan
On 14 Jan 2008 the Broadway musical 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. They will join John Schneider who, has previously announced, will assume the role of Billy Flynn on the same date.
This will be Bianca Marroquin 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 did 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).
In other casting news: Brenda Braxton, who until recently was only listed to play the role of Velma Kelly through to 13 Jan 2008, has once again extended her stay in the musical and will now continue in the role through to 11 May 2008. R. Low has also extended his stay in the show and will now continue in that role of Mary Sunshine through to 22 Jun 2008.
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 currently stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Aida Turturro (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Jeff McCarthy (Billy Flynn), Vincent Pastore (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (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 Broadwayï¿½s 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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