Broadway Revival of Chicago Will Welcome John Dossett Plus Return of Charlotte D'Amboise

News   Broadway Revival of Chicago Will Welcome John Dossett Plus Return of Charlotte D'Amboise
The long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago will welcome Tony nominees John Dossett and Charlotte d'Amboise to the hit musical at the Ambassador Theatre later this month.

Dossett will make his Chicago debut as slick lawyer Billy Flynn beginning Jan. 19 for a 10-week engagement through March 29. He will succeed John O'Hurley, who plays his final performance Jan. 18 before rejoining the company of the current Chicago national tour.

D'Amboise will once again play merry murderess Roxie Hart for 14 performances beginning Jan. 22. The actress has played Roxie more than any other actress in the history of the production — more than 2,500 performances on Broadway and the road combined to date. D'Amboise takes over for Bianca Marroquin, who plays her final performance Jan. 11. (Longtime Chicago veteran Dylis Croman will star as Roxie Jan. 12-20.)

The Broadway company also stars Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly (through Feb. 1), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

As previously announced, on Feb. 2, Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles and Carly Hughes will join the cast as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively.

Chicago has set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Leslie Stifelman. The revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb. 11, 1997, and played that house through Jan. 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan. 29, 2003.

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.

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.

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Charlotte d'Amboise, with Ryan Worsing and Michael Cusumano, in <i>Chicago</i>
Charlotte d'Amboise, with Ryan Worsing and Michael Cusumano, in Chicago Photo by Jeremy Daniel
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