The Broadway company of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago welcomes back a host of familiar faces to the Ambassador Theatre June 5.
Dylis Croman (Sweet Charity, Fosse) returns to the role of Roxie Hart, Jennifer Fouché (POTUS, Chicken and Biscuits) plays Matron "Mama" Morton, Ryan Silverman (Side Show, The Phantom of the Opera) again steps into the shoes of Billy Flynn, and Evan Harrington (A Christmas Carol, Once) is Amos Hart. These actors succeed Olivia Holt as Roxie, Charity Angél Dawson as Morton, Erich Bergen as Flynn, and Liam Fennecken as Amos.
The cast also currently features Kimberly Marable as Velma Kelly and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine with ensemble members David Bushman, Christine Cornish, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien, Denny Paschall, Jermaine R. Rembert, Rachel Schur, Michael Scirrotto.
As previously reported, beginning June 12, two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d’Amboise (A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins' Broadway), a frequent presence in the record-breaking revival for over two decades, will again play merry murderer Roxie Hart.
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 played in 36 countries and been seen by 33 million people worldwide. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).
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 ARC.
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.