Acclaimed Russian jazz and pop singer and actress Larisa Dolina is joining the Tony-winning revival of Chicago as Matron "Mama" Morton for one week only, replacing current star Wendy Williams, who will play her final performance on August 11.
From August 13 through 18, Dolina will take over the role of the corrupt warden in the hit production of Chicago, the classic Kander and Ebb show about merry murderesses, slick lawyers and all the razzle-dazzle and fishnet stockings in between.
Dolina will play a limited eight-performance engagement at the Ambassador Theatre before returning to Moscow to reprise the role in the forthcoming Russian production of Chicago, which is set to open in October. Dolina began her career as a jazz vocalist before branching out in other directions. She's been performing an average of 150 concerts a year since 1985, and she has sold over 10 million records. Dolina can also been heard in more than 80 films and cartoons.
The revival of Chicago, now in its 17th year, currently stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.