Bebe's Back: Tony Award-Winning Velma Kelly Returns to Bway Chicago Jan. 19

News   Bebe's Back: Tony Award-Winning Velma Kelly Returns to Bway Chicago Jan. 19 Bebe Neuwirth returns to the role of Velma Kelly, the role that won her a 1997 Tony Award, in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago, Jan. 19-March 1, 2001.

Bebe Neuwirth returns to the role of Velma Kelly, the role that won her a 1997 Tony Award, in the long-running Broadway revival of Chicago, Jan. 19-March 1, 2001.

Neuwirth plays one of two Windy City murderesses who try to parlay their notoriety — and their shapely figures — into a career in vaudeville. The John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, conceived with Bob Fosse in 1975, was not a smash when first produced, but found an eager audience in the post-O.J. Simpson Trial era.

Ann Reinking choreographed the show (drawing on the style of Fosse), Walter Bobbie directed and Barry and Fran Weissler produce. Musical numbers include "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle," "When Velma Takes the Stand," "Roxie," "We Both Reached For the Gun," "I Know a Girl," "Me and My Baby," "All I Care About is Love" and more.

Neuwirth is widely known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lilith of TV's "Frasier" and "Cheers." On Broadway, she took home the Tony Award for the revival of Sweet Charity, and starred in the revival of Damn Yankees, among other roles.

Chicago performances continue at the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th Street. For $20-$85 tickets, call (212) 239-6200.