Chicago Comes to a City Near You in 2003

News   Chicago Comes to a City Near You in 2003 Tour dates for the current national company of Chicago have been announced through December 2003.

The tour, which is currently playing Minnesota's Ordway Performing Arts Center through July 20, will also make stops in Pennsylvania, Texas, California and Illinois, among other states. Bianca Marroquin and Brenda Braxton head the cast as, respectively, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, with Gregory Harrison as Billy Flynn, Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton, Ray Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Bean as Mary Sunshine.

Marcia Lewis Bryan, who created the role of "Mama" in the Broadway revival company, will play three engagements on the tour: San Francisco, Costa Mesa and Chicago. She begins Aug. 4 in San Francisco and plays through Sept. 26 in Chicago. And, Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson will reprise his role of Billy Flynn during the musical's engagement at San Francisco's Golden Gate Theatre.

The Chicago itinerary follows:

Through July 20 at Ordway Performing Arts Center in St. Paul, MN
July 21-July 27 at Heinz Hall in Pittsburgh, PA
July 28-Aug. 3 at the Hobby Center in Houston, TX
Aug. 4-Aug. 24 at the Golden Gate Theatre in San Francisco, CA
Aug. 25-Aug. 31 at the Orange County Performing Arts Center in Costa Mesa, CA
Sept. 1-Sept. 21 at the Shubert Theatre in Chicago, IL
Sept. 22-Oct. 19 at the Canon Theatre in Toronto, ON
Oct. 20-Oct. 26 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH
Oct. 27-Nov. 2 at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD
Nov. 3-Nov. 9 at the Wang Center in Boston, MA
Nov. 10-Nov. 16 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, NC
Nov. 17-Nov. 23 at the Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford, CT
Nov. 24-Dec. 7 at the Merriam Theatre in Philadelphia, PA

Chicago, also playing Broadway's Ambassador Theatre, 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. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.