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Chicago: Husband-and-wife actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna to join cast


Husband-and-wife actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna, recently competed seperately on the ABC show Dancing with the Stars, are to play Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart, respectively, in the Broadway musical Chicago from 19 Jun - 29 Jul 2007.

Hamlin last appeared on Broadway playing John Buchanan, Jr. in Summer and Smoke (1996 revival), he made his Broadway debut as Moe Axelrod in Awake and Sing! (1984). He is famous to many for playing the character Michael Kuzak in the first five series of NBC's TV show L.A. Law.

Rinna will be making her Broadway debut in Chicago, prior to her Broadway appearance she will play the role of Roxie Hart in the national tour production of the musical. Rinna's TV work includes playing Taylor McBride in the Fox TV soap Melrose Place and Billie Holliday Reed in NBC soap 'Days of our Lives.'

Chicago currently features Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Bebe Neuwirth as Roxie Hart, Philip Casnoff as Billy Flynn, Rob Bartlett as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron 'Mama' Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The musical 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 2 Sep 2007. The show celebrated its 10th anniversary on 14 Nov 2006.

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 defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. Featuring 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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