The singer-actor will again portray suave lawyer Billy Flynn beginning Jan. 3, 2005, according to a production spokesperson. He is scheduled to stay with the production through Jan. 30. Flynn replaces Tom Wopat, who is currently playing the role created for the revival by James Naughton.
Chicago — featuring a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb — currently stars Tracy Shayne (filling in for the vacationing Charlotte d'Amboise) as Roxie Hart, Tom Wopat as Billy Flynn, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Anne L. Nathan as Matron Mama Morton, P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. As previously announced, Ray Bokhour will assume the role of Amos Hart Jan. 10.
Brent Barrett received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and his other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun and Candide. Barrett received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."
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 production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.
The Ambassador Theatre is located at 215 West 49th Street.