Babatunde Extends Chicago Run

News   Babatunde Extends Chicago Run Obba Babatunde, who starred in the original Broadway company of Dreamgirls, has extended his run in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago.

Babatunde joined the Kander and Ebb musical April 17 and was originally scheduled to play the role of Billy Flynn through June 11. The singing actor will now play the slick lawyer through Aug. 6.

Chicago also currently features Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Lillias White as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Obba Babatunde received a Tony nomination for his work as C.C. White in Dreamgirls; his other Broadway credits include Timbuktu!, Reggae, It's So Nice to Be Civilized and Grind. His screen credits include "After the Sunset," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Material Girls" and "Half & Half."

Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.

Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.