Chicago, Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary, Will Welcome John O'Hurley, Charlotte d'Amboise, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines

News   Chicago, Celebrating Its 15th Anniversary, Will Welcome John O'Hurley, Charlotte d'Amboise, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines
The long-running, Tony-winning revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago will celebrate its 15th year on Broadway Nov. 14.

Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart
Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart Photo by Jeremy Daniel

In a statement producer Barry Weissler said, "What an incredible year of milestones this has been! We started off in January with Chicago Fan Day, which marked the first time in Broadway history that a show gave away an entire performance to its fans for free. In March, we broke the record to become the fifth-longest running show in Broadway history. Then in August, we surpassed A Chorus Line to become the fourth longest-running, and in that same moment we became the longest-running American show in Broadway history. Now in November, we celebrate 15 years. I can't wait to see what December brings!"

In related news, the Broadway production will welcome back "Seinfeld" and "Family Feud" star John O'Hurley to the role of Billy Flynn beginning Nov 1. That same day, O'Hurley will be joined by two-time Tony Award nominee and Chicago veteran Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart and Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines (The Color Purple, The Little Mermaid, Pal Joey, Memphis) as Velma Kelly.

The Broadway production also stars Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart, Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.  Current headliners Kara DioGuardi (Roxie Hart), Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly) and Tony Yazbeck (Billy Flynn) conclude their runs Oct. 30.

The ensemble currently features Donna Marie Asbury, Nili Bassman, Nicoel Bridgewater, Dylis Croman, Michael Cusumano, Jennifer Dunne, James Harkness, David Kent, J. Leoffelholz, Melissa Rae Mahon, Sharon Moore, Peter Nelson, Jill Nicklaus, Brian O'Brien, Jason Patrick Sands, Brian Spitulnik, Ryan Worsing and Adam Zotovich.

The revival of 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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 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 West 49th Street.

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