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Chicago: Jason Patrick Sands steps in as 'Billy Flynn' from 11 - 16 Aug, Jerry Springer assumes the role from 18 Aug



Jason Patrick Sands temporarily steps into the role of 'Billy Flynn' from 11 - 16 Aug 2009 in the Tony Award winning musical Chicago, which is currently booking through to 20 Dec 2009 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Sands, who has previously understudied the role of 'Billy Flynn,' has previously appeared on Broadway in 'A chorus Line' (2006 reviva) and 'The Producers' (2001). Film and television credits include 'Kinsey,' 'The Producers' and 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'

Sands is filling in the space opened up between Brent Barrett, who played his final performance on 9 Aug 2009, and Jerry Springer who assumes the role from 18 Aug 2009.

Also on 11 Aug 2009 Raymond Bokhour will once again play 'Amos Hart,' assuming the role from Tom Riis Farrell who played his final performance on 9 Aug 2009. Bokhour made his Broadway debut in the role in 2001.

Chicago now stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Samantha Harris (Roxie Hart), Jason Patrick Sands (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Now celebrating twelve 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. The musical has recently extended its booking period through to 20 Dec 2009.

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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