Chicago: Melora Hardin, star of NBC's comedy 'The Office,' to play Roxie
Melora Hardin, star of the NBC comedy 'The Office,' will make her Broadway stage debut this winter as fame-hungry murderess 'Roxie Hart' in the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago. Hardin will play a seven-week limited engagement from 29 Dec 2008 through to 12 Feb 2009.
Best known to television audiences for her role as 'Jan Levenson,' 'Steve Carell's' rigid former-boss and love interest on NBC's 'The Office,' Melora Hardin's career spans a variety of mediums, including numerous television series, several films, two CDs and live concerts.
"I'm thrilled. I'm so excited," Hardin said. "I have been dancing all my life, since I was five. In a way, I was made for musicals. But I have been working so much in film and television that I never really had a chance to do them."
In addition to her television work on '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 the big-screen feature 'Hannah Montana: The Movie,' which also hits theaters this April.
On stage, Hardin most recently played 'Fantine' in the Hollywood Bowl production of 'Les Misï¿½rables in Concert' last August, directed by Richard-Jay Alexander.
Chicago, winner of six 1997 Tony Awards - including Best Musical Revival, 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), Charlotte d'Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), ***Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Note: LaVon Fisher-Wilson assumes the role of 'Matron 'Mama' Morton' from 14 Nov 2008.
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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