Chicago: Tony Yazbeck to return as Billy Flynn

Tony Yazbeck will return to the role of 'Billy Flynn' in the Tony Award winning musical Chicago on 5 Mar 2012. Yazbeck assumes the role from Marco Zunino who played his final performance on 4 Mar 2012.

Yazbek previously assumed the role of 'Billy Flynn' in 2011. His other Broadway credits include 'Irving Berlin's White Christmas,' 'Gypsy' (2008), 'A Chorus Line,' 'Never Gonna Dance,' 'Oklahoma!' and 'Gypsy' (1989).

Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), *Bianca Marroquin (Roxie Hart), Marco Zuzino (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), Chris Sullivan (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
*As previously reported, supermodal Christie Brinkley will assume the role of 'Roxie Hart' from 6 - 27 Apr 2012.

Now in its sixteenth year 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, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history.

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 period through to 1 Jul 2012.

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 fifth longest-running production in Broadway history, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

Tony Yazbeck

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