Chess' Philip Casnoff to Return to Broadway

News   Chess' Philip Casnoff to Return to Broadway Philip Casnoff, who was last seen on Broadway as John Blackthorne in the ill-fated Shogun, the Musical, is scheduled to return to Broadway in 2007.

Casnoff will join the New York company of Kander and Ebb's Chicago as slick lawyer Billy Flynn. Casnoff will succeed Huey Lewis in the role on Jan. 15, 2007, and is scheduled to stay with the production through March 25.

On Broadway Philip Casnoff has been seen in Rockabye Hamlet, Chess and Shogun, the Musical. Casnoff was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the 1992 miniseries "Sinatra," and his numerous screen credits also include "Numb3rs," "Without a Trace," "Material Girls," "Law & Order," "Strong Medicine," "Frasier," "For All Time," "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," "Oz," "Chicken Soup for the Soul," "Diagnosis Murder," "ER," "North and South" and "How Stella Got Her Groove Back."

The Broadway production of Chicago currently features Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Michelle DeJean as Roxie Hart, Huey Lewis as Billy Flynn, Rob Bartlett as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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.

Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.

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