Chicago: Michelle DeJean and Carol Woods join cast

Michelle DeJean once again assumes the role of 'Roxie Hart' when she joins the cast of the Broadway musical Chicago this evening (02 Jun 2008), assuming the role from Bianca Marroquin who played her final performance on 1 Jun 2008.

Joining her is Carol Woods, another Chicago regular, who will once again play the role of 'Matron 'Mama' Morton', assuming the role from Kecia Lewis-Evans who also played her final performance on 1 Jun 2008.

Michelle DeJean made her Broadway debut as an ensemble member in Chicago, and later went on to play the role of 'Mona' as well as 'Roxie.' DeJean last played the role of 'Roxie' on Broadway in Sep 2007.

Carol Woods returns to the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, the reigning cell block diva of the Cook County Jail, a role she has played numberous times on Broadway. In addition to Chicago, Woods' Broadway credits include 'One Mo' Time' (2002), '45 Seconds From Broadway' (2001), 'Follies' (2001 revival), 'The Goodbye Girl' (1993), 'A Little Hotel on the Side' (1992 revival), 'The Crucible' (1991), 'Stepping Out' (1987) and 'Grind' (1985).

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 4 Jan 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 Nancy Lemenager (Velma), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Jeff McCarthy (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and D. Micciche (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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