Chicago: Christine Pedi to play Mamma Morton

Christine Pedi will assume the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' from 08 Apr - 16 Jun 2013 in the Tony Award winning musical Chicago. Pedi assumes the role from Carol Woods who will who conclude her two-year engagement on 07 Apr 2013.

Pedi has a long association with the satirical revue 'Forbidden Broadway' and a Drama Desk nomination for 'Forbidden Hollywood,' having played both shows in New York, London and around the world.

On Broadway, she appeared in 'Talk Radio' with Liev Schreiber and 'Little Me' with Martin Short and Faith Prince. Her most recent stage credits include Off-Broadway's 'NEWSical the Musical' and 'Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage.'

Chicago currently stars Amra-Fay Wright (Velma Kelly), Amy Spanger (Roxie Hart), Christopher Sieber (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhor (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, Broadway's longest-running musical revival, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history.

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 01 Sep 2013.

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.

Christine Pedi

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