Chicago: Tom Hewitt, Charlotte d'Amboise and Brenda Braxton join cast
As previously announced Tom Hewitt, Charlotte d'Amboise and Brenda Braxton all take to the stage on 3 Nov 2008 in the Broadway musical Chicago, winner of six 1997 Tony Awards - including Best Musical Revival.
Tom Hewitt assumes the role of slick criminal lawyer 'Billy Flynn.' 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).
Two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise returns as the merry murderess 'Roxie Hart.' d'Amboise first played 'Roxie Hart' in 1997 with the first national tour of Chicago. For that performance she earned the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Bay Area Theatre Circle Award.
Since then, she has played Roxie Hart more than 2,000 times, on Broadway (1,250+ performances) and on various national tours (750+ performances) -- more than any other actress in the show's history.
Hewitt and d'Amboise assume their roles from Tom Wopat and Michelle DeJean, respectively, who played their final performance on 2 Nov 2008.
Also on 3 Nov 2008, Brenda Braxton returns to the role of 'Velma Kelly' following her one week vacation. During her absence the role was played by Terra C. MacLeod.
Braxton first played 'Velma Kelly' in Mar 2003. Braxton holds the record for having played 'Velma Kelly' on Broadway more than any other actress in the show's history - over 1,200 performances and still counting.
Prior to Chicago, Braxton was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' (1995). Braxton's other Broadway credits include 'Jelly's Last Jam' (1992), 'Legs Diamond' (1988), 'Dreamgirls' (1981 & 1987 revival), 'Cats' (1982), 'Reggae' (1980) and 'But Never Jam Today' (1979).
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 through to 28 Jun 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 now stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Charlotte d'Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Hewitt (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
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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