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Chicago: Rita Wilson departs on 6 Aug Bianca Marroquin to play Roxie Hart from 22 Aug

Anita Wilson departs Chicago on 6 Aug 2006, she will be replaced by Bianca Marroquin who will return to the role of Roxie Hart from 22 Aug 2006.

During the interim Michelle DeJean will assume the role of Roxie.

Anita Wilson made her Broadway debut in Chicago when she took to the stage as Roxie Hart on 12 Jun 2006. It was hoped that she would extend her stay with the musical until the 20 Aug 2006, but in the end this was not possible due to Wilson's other committments

Bianca Marroquin will assume the role of Roxie Hart on 22 Aug 2006, at the same time as 5 times Grammy winner Usher will make his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn.

This will be Marroquin's third stint at playing Roxie Hart in the Broadway production. She first played the role for three weeks in 2002, and again for 2 weeks in 2003. She will continue in the role through to the 29 Oct 2006.

Chicago currently features Obba Babatunde (Billy Flynn), Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos, Lillias White as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The musical 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 the 31 Dec 2006.

The show has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.

Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. Featuring well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.

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.

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