Charity to Chicago: D'Amboise Returns as Roxie April 18

News   Charity to Chicago: D'Amboise Returns as Roxie April 18 Charlotte d'Amboise, who has been playing the title role in the current revival of Sweet Charity while Christina Applegate was on the mend, returns to her home-away-from-home, Chicago, April 18.

D'Amboise will again assume the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart. Michelle DeJean, who has been playing the role during d'Amboise's Charity run, will resume her role as Mona.

Singer-actress-dancer d'Amboise may be the most constant presence the Kander and Ebb revival has had during its lengthy run. The Broadway production's Roxie was created by Ann Reinking, but d'Amboise kicked off the first national tour in early 1997. She also starred in the Los Angeles premiere of the revival. D'Amboise finally appeared in the Broadway staging on June 10, 1999 and has played numerous return engagements since that time.

The Chicago company currently features Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Anne L. Nathan as Matron "Mama" Morton, Ray Bokhour as Amos Hart, R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine and Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn.

As previously reported, on April 25 Broadway favorite Mary Testa will begin a limited engagement as Matron "Mama" Morton. Testa will play the conniving jail matron through July 17.

In addition to Chicago, Charlotte d'Amboise has starred on Broadway in Contact, Cats, Song and Dance, Carrie, Jerome Robbins' Broadway, Damn Yankees, Company and Sweet Charity. 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.