Paige Davis, Terra C. MacLeod and Carol Woods will return to the Tony-winning Broadway revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre, before kicking off the newest national tour of the musical with previously announced star John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn. The national tour launches on August 31 in Tacoma, Washington.
Emmy nominee Davis will return to the role of sexy and selfish Roxie Hart beginning August 13 through 28. Davis, who previously made her Broadway debut as the merry murderess in 2004 and returned to the Kander and Ebb musical for a limited engagement in April, replaces Amy Spanger, who played her final performance on August 11. Chicago vet MacLeod will step in for longtime star Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, from August 13 through 18. Wright will return to the Broadway company on August 20.
As previously reported, Russian singer and actress Larisa Dolina is joining the company as Matron "Mama" Morton for one week only beginning August 13. Dolina replaces talk show and Broadway.com Audience Choice Award host Wendy Williams, who played her final performance on August 11. Chicago vet Woods will take over the role of the crooked Cook County Jail matron beginning August 20 through 28.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
The current cast of the revival of Chicago, now in its 17th year, also includes Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.