Broadway's Chicago Features Talkback With Ariana Madix and Jessel Taank March 5 | Playbill

Broadway News Broadway's Chicago Features Talkback With Ariana Madix and Jessel Taank March 5

Vanderpump Rules' Madix recently extended her engagement with the Tony-winning revival.

Ariana Madix and Jessel Taank

The Broadway production of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago offers a post-performance talkback March 5 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Billed as "Hart to Heart," the Q&A features the musical's current Roxie Hart, Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix, and Real Housewives of New York cast member Jessel Taank. The two women will chat about Madix's Broadway debut, being a female business owner, and the themes of resilience and showbiz. Fans are invited to submit questions ahead of time via Threads by sending them to @ChicagoMusical.

All audience members who have tickets to the 7 PM performance are invited to stay for the conversation with Madix, who recently extended her engagement in the long-running production through April 7.

The current cast of Chicago, which just celebrated its 27th anniversary on Broadway, also features Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Red Concepción as Amos Hart, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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The company also includes David Bushman, Max Clayton, Kristine Covillo, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Kristen Faith Oei, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, and Michael Scirrotto.

READ: Chicago's Ariana Madix Is a Lifelong Playbill Collector

The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year.

Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).

READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years

With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.

The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.

Photos: Ariana Madix, Max von Essen, and Amra-Faye Wright in Chicago on Broadway

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