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Chicago: Brenda Braxton and Bebe Neuwirth extend their run


Bebe Neuwirth and Brenda Braxton have both exteded their run in the Broadway musical Chicago through to 22 Apr 2007. Both actors re-joined the cast on 31 Dec 2006, and were originally scheduled to end their run on 25 Mar 2007.

Bebe Neuwirth, who won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Velma Kelly in Chicago, now plays the musical's other bad girl, Roxie Hart. Brenda Braxton is playing Velma Kelly for her sixth time in the broadway production.

Philip Casnoff, who plays slick lawyer Billy Flynn, is scheduled to leave the musical on 25 Mar 2007. There has been no word on annoucement as to whether he will continue with the show.

Chicago also features Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron 'Mama' Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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 2 Sep 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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