A star of the silver screen and a star of the British and Australian stage are the latest additions to the Broadway company of Chicago.
Billy Zane, who played "Titanic" villain Cal Hockley in the blockbuster film, and Caroline O'Connor, who starred in the London revival of Mack and Mabel, join the company of Kander and Ebb's Tony-winning musical Nov. 7.
Zane, who is making his Broadway debut, will portray slick lawyer Billy Flynn, a role just vacated by former Rent star Taye Diggs. Zane recently starred in the ABC miniseries, "Cleopatra," and his other screen credits include "Dead Calm," "Sniper," "Tombstone," "Only You," "Orlando" and "Zoolander."
O'Connor is also making her Broadway debut as merry murderess Velma Kelly, a role she portrayed in the Australian production of the musical. Born in England, O'Connor's numerous theatrical credits include Man of La Mancha, Piaf, West Side Story, Bombshell, Cabaret, Me and My Girl, Is There Life After High School? and the aforementioned Mack and Mabel, for which she received an Olivier Award nomination. O'Connor appeared in the film "Moulin Rouge," and her solo recordings include "What I Did for Love," "A Tribute to Piaf" and "From Stage to Screen."
The Chicago company also includes Charlotte d'Amboise (Roxie Hart), Rob Bartlett (Amos Hart) and Roz Ryan (Matron "Mama" Morton). Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago, presented by Barry and Fran Weissler, plays the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th Street. The production will move to the Ambassador Theatre on Jan. 29, 2003.
Chicago won the Tony 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 1975 production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.