Ann Reinking Leaving Chicago June 22

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Ann Reinking will give her last performance as Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago June 22.

Ann Reinking will give her last performance as Roxie Hart in the Broadway revival of Chicago June 22.

Reinking, whose Bob Fosse-inspired choreography for the show was nominated for a Tony Award May 5, will head to Tampa, FL to oversee the Broadway Theatre Project actors' training center, for which she serves as artstic director. Taking her place will be Marilu Henner, of TV's Taxi fame.

According to production spokesperson Pete Sanders, the rest of the cast is expected to stay through the summer, with Greg Jbara (Victor/Victoria going in for Tony-nominated lead James Naughton, who's taking a six-week break to direct a show at Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. For more information on the cast changes, please see the story, "Jbara and Henner Going Into B'way Chicago."

A variety of ailments and offstage problems, including the death of her mother, have kept Reinking in and out of the show since its fall 1996 transfer to Broadway. She was out of the show from March 18, suffering a sprained lower back and inflamed nerve endings. She returned to the production April 13, on alternate days only, until she mended fully. Understudy, Nancy Hess, filled in during that time.

Co-starring in the production are Joel Grey, and Tony nominees Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Marcia Lewis. On May 6, the New York Times reported that a major reason Grey wasn't nominated for a Tony was that his name is above the title (making him a "lead") and the show's producers didn't petition to have his status changed to "supporting actor," giving him a better shot at the nomination. (A move that apparently worked for A Doll's House's Tony-nominated Owen Teale.) For tickets and information on Chicago at the Shubert Theatre, call (212) 239-6200. You can also order tickets on Playbill On-Line.

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