Chicago: Christie Brinkley to make B'way debut

Christie Brinkley is to make her Broadway stage debut as merry murderess 'Roxie Hart' in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Chicago for an eleven-week limited engagement, from 4 Apr - 19 Jun 2011.

Brinkley will assume the role of 'Roxie' from Bianca Marroquin who will play her final performance on 3 Apr 2011.

Christie Brinkley is the latest addition to the roster of actresses who have graced ChicagoO's Broadway stage as 'Roxie Hart' throughout the years, including Brooke Shields, Sandy Duncan, Marilu Henner, Bebe Neuwirth, Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Williams and Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith.

Brinkley is a supermodel, artist, writer, photographer, designer, actress, philanthropist environmentalist and political activist.

On the big screen, she made her acting debut in 1983 opposite Chevy Chase in the feature film 'National Lampoon's Vacation' and its 1997 sequel, 'Vegas Vacation.' She has also appeared in Billy Joel's music videos "Uptown Girl," "Keeping the Faith" and "All About Soul," as well as Mick Jones' music video "Just Wanna Hold."

On television, she has appeared on NBC's "Mad About You" and hosted Lifetime Television's "InStyle Celebrity Weddings." She has also been featured in Vh1's "Pop Culture Icons" series.

Chicago currently features Leigh Zimmerman (Velma Kelly), Bianca Marroquin (Roxie), Brent Barrett, 'Billy Flynn,' Lavon Fisher-Wilson (Mama Morton), Robert Creighton (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Now celebrating fourteen 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 period through to 3 Jul 2011.

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 Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

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