Raena White

Raena White makes her Broadway debut in Chicago

Ms. White assumes the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton in the long-running smash hit musical at the Ambassador Theatre.

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Congratulations to Raena White, who makes her Broadway debut tonight, assuming the role of Matron 'Mama' Morton in the Broadway production of Kander & Ebb's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Ms. White has previously appeared in the National Tour of The Lion King and off-Broadway in Sistas the Musical. She has also starred in regional productions of DreamgirlsAin't Misbehavin', Ragtime and Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel.

The principal Broadway cast of Chicago currently includes Michelle DeJean​ (as Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (as Velma Kelly), "Seinfeld" star John O'Hurley (as Billy Flynn), Evan Harrington (as Amos Hart), Raena White (as Matron 'Mama' Morton), and R. Lowe (as Mary Sunshine).

As previously reported, Israeli popstar and "X Factor" TV personality Shiri Maimon will officially make her Broadway debut, when she assumes the role of Roxie Hart from September 21 through to October 5, 2018, and Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. is set to reprise his performance as Billy Flynn, having originated the role in the new West End production earlier this year, from October 6 through to November 18, 2018.

Check out our exclusive interview with Mr. Gooding, Jr., filmed during his West End run, on our London Theatre Guide sister site here!

Directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.

The Broadway revival of Chicago began previews at the Ambassador Theatre on October 23, 1996, officially opening on November 14.

Synopsis: "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 such showtune classics as "All That Jazz", "Razzle Dazzle", and "Mr. Cellophane", among many others.

The creative team features scenic design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including "Best Musical Revival," and the winner of the Grammy Award for "Best Musical Cast Recording."

Chicago Tickets are available now for performances through to March 31, 2019.

(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

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