When you're good to mama...she'll come back home! Two-time Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth will return to the Tony-winning revival of Chicago as Matron "Mama" Morton. Beginning on January 14, 2014, Neuwirth will take over the role of the corrupt warden from Roz Ryan, who will return to the hit production for one week, January 6 through 12. The role of Matron "Mama" Morton is currently being played by Carol Woods.
Set in the 1920s, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Billy Flynn, Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer, much to the dismay of her rival cellmate Velma Kelly. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony-winning revival is now in its 17th year.
Neuwirth won a 1997 Tony Award for her portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly and returned ten years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart. She also received a Tony for her performance in 1986's Sweet Charity. Neuwirth's other Broadway credits include The Addams Family, Fosse, A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin' and Damn Yankees. Her film and TV credits include her two-time Emmy Award-winning performance as Dr. Lilith Sternin in Cheers and Frasier, Wild Palms, Dash and Lily, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Bored to Death, Green Card, Summer of Sam, Celebrity, Liberty Heights, Bugsy, Jumanji, The Faculty, Adopt a Sailor, The Paint Job and Fame.
The revival of Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Tony nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.