Chicago: Jeff McCarthy plays Billy Flynn and Kecia Lewis-Evans plays 'Mama' Morton
Jeff McCarthy will once agian play the role of slickster criminal lawyer 'Billy Flynn' when he joins the cast of the Broadway musical Chicago on 18 Mar 2008. On the same day Kecia Lewis-Evans will assume the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton.
Jeff McCarthy assumes the role of Billy Flynn from John Schneider, who played his final performance on the 16 Mar 2008. McCarthy first played the role of Flynn from 7 Dec 2007 - 13 Jan 2008. McCarthy's Broadway credits include 'Pirate Queen' (2007), 'Urinetown' (2001), 'Side Show' (1997), Beauty and the Beast (1994), Smile (1986) and Zorba (1983 revival).
Kecia Lewis-Evans assumes the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton from Roz Ryan, who played her final performance on the 16 Mar 2008. Lewis-Evans last appeared on Broadway when she played Trix in The Drowsy Chaperone (2006). Her Broadway credits include 'Once on This Island' (1990) and 'Ain't Misbehavin'' (1998 revival). Lewis-Evans is to play the role of Dragon in DreamWorks Animation and Neal Street Productions upcoming musical Shrek, which is scheduled to begin performances at the Broadway Theatre from 8 Nov 2008.
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 31 Aug 2008.
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 now stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Bianca Marroquin (Roxie Hart), Jeff McCarthy (Billy Flynn), Kecia Lewis-Evans (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Ron Orbach (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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