Chicago: Charlotte d'Amboise to return as merry murderess 'Roxie Hart'

On 3 Nov 2008 the company of the Broadway musical Chicago will welcome back two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as merry murderess 'Roxie Hart.'

d'Amboise first played '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.

"We're very excited to welcome Charlotte back to the show this November," said producer Barry Weissler. "Speaking on behalf of the entire Chicago family, we always find that her energizing presence and unparalleled talent make her one of the best Roxies we've ever had. She is most definitely an audience favorite."

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' (2006 revival). 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' (2005 revival) and 'Damn Yankees' (1994 revival), both of which earned her a Fred Astaire Award. Other Broadway credits also iclude 'Contact' (2000), 'Company' (1995 revival), 'Carrie' (1998), 'Song and Dance' (1985) and 'Cats' (1982).

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 through to 28 Jun 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 currently stars ***Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), ***Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), ***Jeff McCarthy (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Note: ***Terra C. MacLeod plays Velma Kellyfrom 27 Oct, ***Charlotte d'Amboise plays Roxie Hart from 3 Nov, and ***Tom Wopat plays Billy Flynn from 13 Oct

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 Broadway�s longest-running musical revival.

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