Chicago Ends Decade-Long Tour Sept. 9

News   Chicago Ends Decade-Long Tour Sept. 9 The national tour of the Tony Award-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago plays its final performance at San Diego's Civic Theatre Sept. 9.
George Hamilton wil close out the national tour of Chicago.
George Hamilton wil close out the national tour of Chicago. Photo by Paul Kolnik

The San Diego engagement, which began Sept. 4, is the final stop for the decade-long Chicago tour.

"After 10 fabulous years on tour," a spokesperson previously told Playbill.com, "the Broadway national tour of Chicago will close in San Diego. Due to casting and scheduling conflicts the last performance will be on Sunday, Sept. 9." Playbill.com has also learned that the musical's producers are currently working on mounting a tour of the six-time Tony Award winner that will begin in 2008.

The cast for the San Diego run includes George Hamilton as Billy Flynn, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Michelle DeJean as Roxie Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton. Stage and screen star Hamilton next heads to New York, where he will reprise his role as slick lawyer Flynn for Broadway audiences beginning Sept. 10. The tour is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, who also produced the long-running Broadway production, which continues to play New York's Ambassador Theatre. Chicago's cumulative audience tally for Broadway reached a total of five million patrons at the Aug. 3 performance.

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 San Diego Civic Theatre is located at 3rd and B Street in downtown San Diego, CA. Tickets, priced $19-$75, are available by calling (619) 570-1100 or (619) 220-TIXS or by visiting www.broadwaysd.com.

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