Chicago: Tracy Shayne to return as Roxie

Tracy Shayne will reprise the role of merry murderess 'Roxie Hart' in the Tony Award-winning hit musical Chicago for a four-week limited engagement, from 28 Apr - 27 May 2012. Shayne assumes the role from supermodal Christie Brinkley who will play her final performance on 27 Apr 2012.

Shayne first played the role of 'Roxie Hart' in 2003, and has returned the production many times, the last being in 2007. Her other Broadway credits include playing 'Christine Daaé' in 'The Phantom of the opera, 'Cosette' in the original production of Les Misérables, and various roles in the original production of 'A Chorus Line.'

Chicago currently features Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Christie Brinkley (Roxie Hart), Tony Yazbeck (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhor (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

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 6 Jan 2013.

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

Tracy Shayne

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