Chicago: Grammy winning artist Mýa to make Broadway debut as Velma Kelly
Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist Mýa makes her Broadway debut as Velma Kelly for a nine-week limited engagement in the Broadway musical Chicago, beginning 12 May 2008 and ending on 13 Jul Jul 2008. Mýa assumes the role of Velma Kelly from Brenda Braxton .
Though the role of Velma Kelly marks Mýa's Broadway stage debut, she is no stranger to the razzle-dazzle world of Chicago. In 2003, she appeared as Mona (ï¿½I loved Alvin Lipshitzï¿½ï¿½) in the film version of Chicago, starring Renï¿½e Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
Now celebrating a decade in the entertainment industry, Mýa is best known for her iconic hits ï¿½Case of the Ex,ï¿½ ï¿½Ghetto Superstar,ï¿½ ï¿½My Love Is Like...Woï¿½ and the Grammy Award winning ï¿½Lady Marmalade.ï¿½
This year Mýa will act as an advocate for animal welfare as spokesperson for the North Shore Animal Leagueï¿½s 2008 Tour For Life. Mýa is also a National Co-Chair for HillBlazers, Senator Hillary Clintonï¿½s campaign youth outreach program.
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 to 1 Sep 2008.
Chicago currently features Brenda Braxton as 'Velma Kelly,' Bianca Marroquin as 'Roxie Hart,' Roz Ryan as 'Matron 'Mama' Morton,' John Schneider as Billy Flynn,' Ron Orbach as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as 'Mary Sunshine.'
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. The show will celebrate its 11th anniversary on 14 Nov 2007.
Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.
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'.
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.
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