Chicago: Charlotte dï¿½Amboise assumes the role of 'Roxie Hart'
Charlotte d'Amboise returns to the Broadway musical Chicago on 25 Apr 2009, assuming the role of 'Roxie Hart from Bryn Dowling who played her final performance on 19 Apr 2009. The role of 'Roxie' was played by understudies during the short interregnum.
d'Amboise made her debut as 'Roxie Hart' in 1997 with the first national tour of Chicago. For that performance, she earned the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Bay Area Theatre Circle Award.
Since then, she has played 'Roxie Hart' more than 2,000 times, on Broadway (1,250+ performances) and on various national tours (750+ performances) -- more than any other actress in the show's history. Last year, d'Amboise was nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony Award for her performance as 'Cassie' in the revival of 'A Chorus Line.' She received her first Tony Award nomination in 1989 for her performance in 'Jerome Robbins' Broadway.' (1989)
The daughter of choreographer 'Jacques d'Amboise,' her other Broadway credits include 'Sweet Charity' (Charity: 2005 revival) and 'Damn Yankees' (1994 revival) - both of which earned her a Fred Astaire Award, Contact (Wife - replacement: 2000)) Company (Kathy: 1995 revival), Carrie (Chris: 1988) 'Song and Dance' (Woman in Blue: 1985) and Cats (Cassandra replacement: 1982).
Chicago now stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn ), *LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Matron 'Mama' Morto), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
*Sofï¿½a Vergara assumes the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton from 27 Apr
Now celebrating twelve 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 through to 6 Sep 2009.
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 Broadwayï¿½s longest-running musical revival.
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