Chicago: Sofï¿½a Vergara returns for final week engagement as 'Mama'
Hispanic TV star Sofï¿½a Vergara returns for her final week engagement as 'Matron "Mama" Morton,' the reigning cellblock diva of the Tony Award winning musical Chicago from 1 - 7 Jun 2009.
Vergara who made her Broadway debut as 'Matron "Mama" Morton' on 27 Apr 2009, left the show for one week on 24 May 2009 to headline the Chicago National Tour at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miamia on 26 - 31 May 2009. Chicago regular Carol Woods temporarily assumed the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' during Vergara's bsence.
As previously announced, three-time Emmy Award nominee and 'Grey's Anatomy' star Chandra Wilson will asssume the role of 'Matron "Mama" Morton' from 8 Jun 2009.
Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Sofï¿½a Vergara (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Now celebrating twelve 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. The musical has recently extended its booking period through to 20 Dec 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 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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