Bebe Neuwirth to Return to Broadway's Chicago as Roxie

News   Bebe Neuwirth to Return to Broadway's Chicago as Roxie Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, who created the role of Velma Kelly in the revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, will return to that Tony-winning production in December as the show's other merry murderess, Roxie Hart.
The name on everybody's lips is gonna be... Bebe!
The name on everybody's lips is gonna be... Bebe! Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The singer-dancer-actress is scheduled to begin performances as Roxie Dec. 31 and stay with the long-running musical through March 25, 2007.

Bebe Neuwirth received Tony Awards for her performances in the revivals of Sweet Charity and Chicago. Her other Broadway credits include roles in A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin', Damn Yankees and Fosse. Known around the world for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lilith on the NBC series "Cheers," Neuwirth has also been seen on screen in "Summer of Sam," "Celebrity," "Liberty Heights," "The Associate," "Jumanji," "Bugsy," "The Paint Job," "Getting to Know You" and "Wild Palms." Neuwirth also starred in a limited engagement of Here Lies Jenny, a musical event exploring the works of Kurt Weill at Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre.

Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Usher as Billy Flynn, Kevin Chamberlin as Amos Hart, Lillias White as Mama Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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.

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