Chicago: Elvis Stojko to play Billy Flynn

Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko will make his Broadway debut starring as 'Billy Flynn' from 17 - 23 Mar 2014 the Tony Award winning musical Chicago. At the conclusion of his Broadway engagement, Stojko will join the company of Chicago's North American tour.

Since the early '90s, Stojko has competed in four Olympics, winning silver medals in 1994 and 1998. He also won three world championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He is a seven-time Canadian champion and was awarded the recognition of Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1994.

On television, he guest starred as himself on episodes of "The Simpsons" and the Canadian animated series "Chilly Beach." His film credits include "Ice Angel" and choreographing and performing the skating sequences in the 2002 Robin Williams' film "Death to Smoochy." In 2010 he released his debut CD "100 Lifetimes."

Stojko said,

People think of me as only a skater. But what they don't know is that I love musicals. Now I finally have the chance to play a great role in one of the greatest musicals of all times. I'm very excited.
Chicago currently stars Amra-Fay Wright (Velma Kelly), Bianca Marroquin (Roxie Hart), Ryan Silverman (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Mama Morton), Paul C. Vogt (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 through to 31 Aug 2014.

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.

Elvis Stojko

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