Isn't it grand? Massan's Charlotte Kate Fox will take over for Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart in Chicago. Fox will begin performances on November 2 and play a limited engagement through November 15 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre. Willis is scheduled to depart the production on November 1.
Fox appeared in regional stage productions and smaller independent films before she landed the role of Ellie on the NHK Japanese morning drama Massan. The show completed its 150-episode run earlier this year. Her role required that Fox, having no prior experience in the language, deliver her lines entirely in Japanese. Following her stint on Broadway, Fox will reprise her performance in the English language production of Chicago in Japan at the Theater Orb in Tokyo, December 4 through 23 and at the Umeda Art Theater in Osaka, December 26 and 27.
Chicago currently stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart (Willis starts September 14), Carly Hughes (through September 4) as Velma Kelly, Ivan Hernandez as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.