Chicago: Tom Hewitt assumes the role of 'Billy Flynn' and Bryn Dowling exits the show
On 20 Apr 2009 Tom Hewitt once again assumes the role of 'Billy Flynn' in the Broadway musical Chicago, assuming the role from Tom Wopat who played his final performance on 19 Apr 2009.
A Broadway regular, Tom Hewitt received a Tony nomination for his performance as 'Frank N. Furter' in 'The Rocky Horror Show' (2000 revival). His other Broadway credits include 'Dracula, The Musical' (2004), 'The Boys form Syracuse' (2002 revival), 'The Lion King' (1997); 'The School for Scandal' (1995 revival) and 'The Sisters Rosenzweig.' (1993).
In further casting news, Bryn Dowling played her final performance as 'Roxie Hart' on 19 Apr 2009. The role of 'Roxie' is currently being played by understudies until Charlotte dï¿½Amboise assumes the role on 25 Apr 2009.
Chicago now stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), *understudies (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), *LaVon Fisher-Wilson (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Note: Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie from 25 Apr) & Sofï¿½a Vergara (Matron 'Mama' Morton from 27 Apr)
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 where it is currently booking through to 6 Sep 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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