Chicago: Michelle Williams to play Roxie
Grammy Award-winning recording artist Michelle Williams returns to Broadway as 'Roxie Hart' in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Chicago for a seven-week limited engagement from 8 Feb - 28 Mar 2010. She assumes the role from Ashlee Simpson-Wentz who plays her final performance on 7 Feb 2010.
Williams first took on Roxie Hart last year, playing the role to critical and popular acclaim in London's West End production of Chicago at the Cambridge Theatre.
Williams made her Broadway stage debut in 2003, replacing R&B icon Toni Braxton in the title role of Disney's Aida. In April 2007, she joined the national touring company of the hit musical The Color Purple, performing extended runs in Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Phoenix with members of the original Broadway cast.
Singer-songwriter-performer Michelle Williams rose to international renown after joining Destiny's Child, the top-selling female group of all time, in 2000. As a member of Destiny's Child, Michelle received three Grammy Awards and performed on several #1 hit singles by the group.
Following the success of Destiny's Child, Williams became the first member of the group to release a solo record. She has since released three albums: Heart To Yours (2002); Do You Know (2004); and Unexpected (2008).
Michelle made her television acting debut in February 2006 on the UPN comedy series, "Half & Half."
Chicago currently stars Deidre Goodwin (Velma Kelly), Ashlee Simpson-Wentz (Roxie Hart), Brent Barrett (Billy Flynn), Roz Ryan (Mama Morton), Ray Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Now celebrating thirteen 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 period through to 5 Sep 2010.
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 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.Michelle Williams as Roxie Hart
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