Chicago: Melora Hardin plays 'Roxie'

Melora Hardin makes her Broadway debut when she assumes the role of 'Roxie Hart' in the Broadway company of Chicago from 29 Dec 2008 - 12 Feb 2009.

Hardin assumes the role from Bianca Marroquin who played her final performance on 28 Dec 2008.

Best known to television audiences as Jan Levenson, Steve Carell's rigid former boss and love interest on NBC's comedy "The Office," Melora Hardin's career spans a variety of mediums, including numerous television series, several films, two CDs and live concerts.

In addition to "The Office," Hardin is also known for portraying Tony Shaloub's dead wife in the USA Network series "Monk." On the big screen, she will next star in the film 'Seventeen Again,' opposite Zac Efron, which is slated for theatrical release in April 2009.

She also recently wrapped filming in Nashville as the love-interest to Billy Ray Cyrus in 'Hannah Montana: The Movie,' which also hits theaters this April.

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 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 now stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Melora Hardin (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Scott Davidson (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 Broadway�s longest-running musical revival.

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