Chicago: Jeff McCarthy assumes the role of 'Billy Flynn' for one week
Jeff McCarthy once again assumes the role of slick criminal lawyer 'Billy Flynn in the Broadway company of Chicago this evening (6 Oct 2008), for a one-week return engagement through to 12 Oct 2008.
McCarthy made his Chicago debut as Billy Flynn in Dec 2007 and returned for a second extended engagement last March. His prior Broadway roles include 'Chieftain Dubhdara' in 'The Pirate Queen,' 'Officer Lockstock' in 'Urinetown,' 'Terry Turner' in 'Side Show' and the 'Beast' in 'Beauty and the Beast,' among others.
As previously announced, Terra C. MacLeod will return as merry murderess 'Velma Kelly' for another one-week return engagement, from 27 Oct - 2 Nov 2008, while Brenda Braxton is on vacation.
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 through to 28 Jun 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 currently stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Jeff McCarthy (Bily Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
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 Broadwayï¿½s longest-running musical revival.
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