Chicago: Obba Babatundï¿½ plays 'Billy Flynn' and Kevin Chamberlin plays 'Amos Hart.' Nancy Lemenager and Michelle DeJean extend their run
Obba Babatundï¿½ returns to the role of Billy Flynn this evening (15 Jul 2008), for a two-week engagement playing through to 27 Jul. Babatundï¿½ succeeds Jeff McCarthy, who played his final performance on 13 Jul 2008.
He will be joined by Kevin Chamberlin who once again assumes the role Roxie's all-but-invisible husband, 'Amos Hart' on 15 Jul 2008. Chamberlin succeeds Raymond Bokhour who played his final performance on 13 Jul 2008.
Chamberlin most recently appeared on Broadway last season in the Roundabout Theatre Company's revival of 'The Ritz.' He has received Tony nominations for his performances in 'Seussical' (2000) and 'Dirty Blonde' (2000) His other Broadway credits include 'Triumph of Love' (1997), 'Abe Lincoln in Illinois' (1993 revival) and 'My Favorite Year' (1992).
On Broadway, Babatundï¿½ is best known for his Tony-nominated performance as 'C.C. White' in the original Broadway production of 'Dreamgirls.' His other Broadway credits include 'Grind' (1985), 'It's So Nice to Be Civilized' (1980), 'Reggae' (1980) and 'Timbuktu!' (1978).
In further casting news, Chicago's leading ladies Nancy Lemenager (Velma Kelly) and Michelle DeJean have both extended their run with the show through to 10 Aug 2008, until recently both actors had only been advertised as playing their roles through to 13 Jul 2008.
Nancy Lemenager has been starring as the merry murderess 'Velma Kelly' since 19 May 2008, and Michelle DeJean has starred as the equally murderous 'Roxie Hart' since 2 Jun 2008.
Lemenager appeared on Broadway as 'Brenda' in Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp's dance musical 'Movin' Out.' She has also starred on Broadway in the Jerome Kern musical 'Never Gonna Dance' (2002) and was featured in 'Kiss Me, Kate' (1999 revival), 'Dream' (1997), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1995), Guys and Dolls (1992 revival) and 'Meet Me in St. Louis' (1989).
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.'
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 currently stars Nancy Lemenager (Velma Kelly), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), **Obba Babatundï¿½ (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Kevin Chamberlin (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine)
**Note: Tom Wopat assumes the role of 'Billy Flynn' from 29 Jul 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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