Chicago: Joey Lawrence makes his Broadway debut playing Billy Flynn

TV star Joey Lawrence make his Broadway debut on 4 May 2007 playing slick Lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway musical Chicago. He will play the role from 4 May - 17 Jun 2007.

Lawrence currently plays Clay Dobson in CSI: NY. As a child actor he first appeared in the sit-com 'Give Me a Break,' which ran in the 80's, as orphan Joey Donovan. He is most probably best known for playing the character Joey Russo, a dim-witted young man who frequently uttered the phrase "WHOA!" in the TV sit-com Blossom which originally aired in the 90's.

In further casting news:

Brenda Braxton, who has been playing the role of Velma Kelly since 31 Dec 2006, will continue with the show through to 29 Jul 2007.

As previously announced husband-and-wife actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna are to play Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart, respectively, from 19 Jun - 29 Jul 2007.

Chicago also features Raymond Bokhour 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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