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Darius Campbell Joins America Ferrera in the West End's Chicago

Darius Campbell Joins America Ferrera in the West End's Chicago

Darius Campbell will return to the West End production of Chicago as Billy Flynn when the production reopens at the Garrick Theatre on November 7. Campbell will star opposite previously announced leading ladies America Ferrera as Roxie Hart and Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly.

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America Ferrera to Star in West End's Chicago and Broadway Revival of The Miss Firecracker Contest

America Ferrera to Star in West End's Chicago and Broadway Revival of The Miss Firecracker Contest

America Ferrera, the Emmy-winning star of TV’s Ugly Betty, will make her London stage debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago beginning November 7, when the musical revival re-opens at the Garrick Theatre. Ferrera has signed on for an eight-week engagement in the show, which has been hiatus since closing at the Cambridge Theatre on August 27. She will be joined ...

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Tony Yazbeck to Charm Broadway as Slick Lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago

Tony Yazbeck to Charm Broadway as  Slick Lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago

Tony Yazbeck joins the cast of Chicago as Billy Flynn beginning August 29 at the Ambassador Theatre. He is replacing Christopher Sieber, who is about to embark on the national tour of La Cage aux Folles.

Yazbeck's Broadway credits include Gypsy, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance and Oklahoma! He has appeared off-Broadway in On the ...

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After Broadway, Chicago's Christie Brinkley Plans West End Debut

After Broadway, Chicago's Christie Brinkley Plans West End Debut

Supermodel Christie Brinkley, who is making her Broadway debut as Chicago's Roxie Hart, is eyeing joining the West End production of the hit musical, according to ShowBiz411. Brinkley joined the Broadway company on April 8 and is scheduled to continue with the show through June 19. She is expected to head to the London production in July, alongside current ...

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Chicago Salutes New York City's Fleet Week with Some Broadway Razzle Dazzle

Chicago Salutes New York City's Fleet Week with Some Broadway Razzle Dazzle
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As a flock of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships docked in New York City for the annual Fleet Week festivities, the large group of sailors were greeted by some special guests: the cast of Broadway's Chicago. On May 27 the Chicago crew entertained the visitors by performing several songs from the musical including "Roxie," "They Both Reached ...

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Minor Injury Shifts Christie Brinkley's Chicago Start Date

Minor Injury Shifts Christie Brinkley's Chicago Start Date

Christie Brinkley's first performance as Roxie Hart in Chicago has been shifted by four days. The supermodel will now begin her limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre on April 8 instead of April 4, as previously scheduled. The delay is attributed to a minor muscle injury Brinkley suffered earlier this week, forcing her to miss three days of rehearsal.

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Hot Honey Vivien Carter Brings Fresh Sass to London Chicago

Hot Honey Vivien Carter Brings Fresh Sass to London Chicago

Age: 27

Hometown: Palm Beach, on the Australian Gold Coast: “It is very gorgeous, but there is not a lot there for me.”

Currently: Selling the sizzle as the latest Velma Kelly—not to mention one of the liveliest and most engaging—in the long-running London production of Chicago. Carter just extended her run at the Cambridge Theatre through December 5 ...

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Original Cast Member Leigh Zimmerman Will Be Chicago's Next Velma Kelly

Original Cast Member Leigh Zimmerman Will Be Chicago's Next Velma Kelly

Leigh Zimmerman will take over the role of Velma Kelly in Chicago on October 8. Zimmerman returns to the production after having originated the role of Go-To-Hell Kitty when the revival first opened on Broadway in 1996. She has played Velma in the West End production in 2001 and 2009.

Zimmerman's other Broadway credits include The Will Rogers Follies, Crazy ...

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Tom Hewitt Steps Back Into Chicago September 13

Tom Hewitt Steps Back Into Chicago September 13

Tony nominee Tom Hewitt will return to Chicago as Billy Flynn for a three-week engagement beginning September 13. His run will conclude October 3 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Hewitt received a Tony nomination for The Rocky Horror Show. His many other Broadway credits include The Lion King, Dracula the Musical, The Boys From Syracuse, School for Scandal and The Sisters ...

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D'Amboise, Ryan, Bokhour Return to Chicago; O'Hurley Extends

D'Amboise, Ryan, Bokhour Return to Chicago; O'Hurley Extends

A slew of Chicago veterans are headed back home this fall. Two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise will take over the role of Roxie Hart beginning August 30, the same day Raymond Bokhour will return as her onstage husband, Amos. Roz Ryan will follow as Matron Mama Morton on September 2. Current Billy Flynn, John O'Hurley, will extend his run through ...

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And All That Japanese: Chicago's Amra-Faye Wright Talks Tapping in Tokyo

And All That Japanese: Chicago's Amra-Faye Wright Talks Tapping in Tokyo

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Chicago star Amra-Faye Wright sure does travel a lot for someone playing a cell-locked inmate. The long-running musical has taken the South African-born, platinum-haired triple-threat around the world playing Velma Kelly on Broadway, in the West End, Johannesburg and Cape Town as well as on European and U.K. tours. (Wright books flights while Velma gets booked ...

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Amra-Faye Wright and Carol Woods to Step Back Into Chicago July 13

Amra-Faye Wright and Carol Woods to Step Back Into Chicago July 13

Amra-Faye Wright and Carol Woods are headed home to Chicago on July 13. The actresses will resume the roles of Velma Kelly and Matron “Mama” Morton at the Ambassador Theatre.

Wright has played Kelly previously on Broadway as well as in the West End and in South Africa. She is currently starring in the Japan production performing the role in ...

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Ruthie Henshall and Bianca Marroquin to Return to Broadway's Chicago

Ruthie Henshall and Bianca Marroquin to Return to Broadway's Chicago

Two veterans of Broadway’s Chicago are returning to the Tony-winning revival. Bianca Marroquin will play Roxie Hart from April 15 through April 25, replacing current star Michelle Williams. Then original London star Ruthie Henshall, who is currently back in the West End production, will play the merry murderess from April 26 through June 13, 2010.

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Michelle Williams Extends as Roxie Hart in Chicago

Michelle Williams Extends as Roxie Hart in Chicago

Michelle Williams, the former Destiny’s Child member who is currently playing Roxie Hart in Broadway’s Chicago, is extending her stay in the Tony-winning revival. Williams, who was original supposed to play the part of the merry murderess through March 28, has added 18 performances through April 13. She will then join the Los Angeles engagement of the show’s national tour ...

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Amra-Faye Wright: 16 Roxies and 1 Velma (Me!) in Chicago

Amra-Faye Wright: 16 Roxies and 1 Velma (Me!) in Chicago

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Amra-Faye Wright is having a heck of a summer. The South African triple-threat with a shock of platinum hair and legs that go on for days is playing Velma Kelly in the mega-hit Chicago. That part is no surprise—in addition to her numerous stints in the Broadway production, Wright has played the merry murderess in the West ...

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Jerry Springer Hints at Broadway Run in Chicago

Jerry Springer Hints at Broadway Run in Chicago

Talk show host Jerry Springer is telling a London interviewer that he’s headed for Broadway to play Billy Flynn in Chicago, according to The New York Times. Springer ended his run in the London production of the hit musical on July 11 and said he expects to have a three-week stint in New York beginning August 18. A show spokesperson ...

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Dancing with the Stars' Samantha Harris Debuts as Chicago's Foxy Roxie Hart

Dancing with the Stars' Samantha Harris Debuts as Chicago's Foxy Roxie Hart
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Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris danced her way into one of Broadway’s longest-running hits on July 7, taking the Ambassador Theatre’s stage as Chicago’s newest Roxie Hart. The two-time Emmy Award nominee and host of TV’s The Insider joined the show’s merry murderesses with ease, kicking up her heels with co-star Amra-Faye Wright in the most notorious ...

Bonnie Langford, Brent Barrett and More On Tap for Chicago

Bonnie Langford, Brent Barrett and More On Tap for Chicago

Stage, TV and screen stars are forever coming and going into the long-running revival of Chicago—and this summer, there seem to be more murderers, matrons, litigators and hapless husbands than ever. Read on for our guide to the comings and goings in the Cook County Jail (a.k.a. the Ambassador Theatre):

After headlining the 2006 revival of A ...

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Wopat, d’Amboise and Wright to Return to Chicago

Wopat, d’Amboise and Wright to Return to Chicago

Tom Wopat, Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright are set to return to the Broadway revival of Chicago. Wright will reassume the role of merry murderess Velma Kelly on February 2, replacing Brenda Braxton. D’Amboise returns as Roxie Hart on February 13, replacing Melora Hardin, while Wopat slips into Billy Flynn’s shoes on February 16, replacing Tom Hewitt.

 

 

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Pop Singer Ashlee Simpson to Play Chicago's Roxie in London

Pop Singer Ashlee Simpson to Play Chicago's Roxie in London

American pop star Ashlee Simpson will make her British stage debut on September 25 when she steps into the leading role of Roxie Hart in Chicago at the West End's Cambridge Theatre. She will play the role for five weeks, to October 28.

The 21-year-old performer followed in her sister Jessica Simpson's footsteps by becoming a recording artist. Her debut ...

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Kevin Chamberlin Comes to Broadway's Chicago June 12

Kevin Chamberlin Comes to Broadway's Chicago June 12

Two-time Tony nominee Kevin Chamberlin will be Chicago's next Amos Hart. He is set to begin performances on June 12.

Chamberlin received Tony nominations for his work in Seussical and Dirty Blonde. He also appeared on Broadway in My Favorite Year, Abe Lincoln in Illinois and Triumph of Love. His off-Broadway credits include Neddy, Smoke on the Mountain, As ...

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Obba Babatunde to Step into Chicago; Smokey Robinson Withdraws

Obba Babatunde to Step into Chicago; Smokey Robinson Withdraws
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Obba Babatunde, not Smokey Robinson as previously announced, will be Chicago's next Billy Flynn. Robinson withdrew from his planned stint because of "scheduling conflicts," according to a production spokesperson.

Babatunde previously appeared as Billy Flynn in the national tour of Chicago. He received a Tony nomination for his performance as C.C. White in the original Broadway production ...

Singing Legend Smokey Robinson to Star as Chicago's Next Billy Flynn

Singing Legend Smokey Robinson to Star as Chicago's Next Billy Flynn
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Smokey Robinson will be Chicago's next Billy Flynn. He is set to perform in the hit revival April 24 through June 11.

Robinson is a legend in the recording industry. He has amassed 36 Top 40 hits, is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters' Hall of Fame, received a Grammy "Living Legend" Award and more ...

Chicago's Givens Swaps Places with Tour Lead DeJean for Three Weeks

Chicago's Givens Swaps Places with Tour Lead DeJean for Three Weeks
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The Broadway cast of Chicago will do without star Robin Givens for three weeks. During that time, she will swap places with tour lead Michele DeJean. Givens will play Roxie Hart at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, Michigan from February 15 through March 6 while DeJean takes on the role in Gotham.

Givens began performances in Broadway's Chicago on January ...

Tony Winner Lillias White to Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago

Tony Winner Lillias White to Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago
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Tony winner Lillias White will step into Chicago on January 30. She will replace Debra Monk in the role of Matron Mama Morton.

White won a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics Circle Award for her performance in The Life in 1997. Her other Broadway credits include Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island and How to ...

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