Chicago: Roz Ryan plays Matron 'Mama' Morton

Roz Ryan assumed the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton in Chicago when she took to the stage on the 11 Sep 2006. She assumes the role from Lillias White. She will continue in the role through to the 14 Jan 2007.

This will be Roz Ryan's fourth stint at playing Matron 'Mama' Morton in the Broadway production, She first played the role for thirteen weeks in 2002, for five weeks in 2003 and again for 24 weeks in2004.

Ms Ryan last appeared on Broadway when she played 'Mabel' in the revival of The Pajama Game which closed in June this year. Her other Broadway credits include 'Bertha' in One Mo' Time (2002) and 'Effie Melody White' and later as Edna Burke in Dreamgirls (1981). She made her Broadway debut in Ain't Misbehavin' (1978).

Chicago currently features Usher (Billy Flynn), Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Rob Bartlett (Amos Hart) 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 25 Mar 2007.

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.

Roz Ryan

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