Chicago Welcomes Four New Players Jan. 16

News   Chicago Welcomes Four New Players Jan. 16 Beginning Jan. 16, the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Kander and Ebb’s Chicago will feature a new Roxie, Velma, Billy and Amos.
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John O’Hurley, the former “Seinfeld” star who scored a summer success on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” becomes the latest Billy Flynn, actress and former model Robin Givens is Broadway's newest Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright — who has starred in the South-African productions of Chicago, Grease and A Chorus Line — is the latest actress to portray Velma Kelly, and Bruce Winant, recently seen in the revival of Fiddler on the Roof, is now Amos Hart.

John O'Hurley, who is making his Broadway debut in Chicago, has been seen on screen in "The Mullets," "Buying the Cow," "Teddy Bears' Picnic," "Race to Space," "Firetrap," "Slammed," "Cursed," "Love Stinks," "Three Secrets," "Wild Grizzly," "Tempting Fate," "Blood on Her Hands," "Lost on Earth," "Over the Top," "Murder Live!," "The Secret," "My Son Is Innocent," "The Power Within," "A Whole New Ballgame," "Valley of the Dolls," "General Hospital," "Mirror Images," "Scorch," "Santa Barbara," "The Young and the Restless," "Billy the Kid," "Something Is Out There," "Loving," "The Edge of Night" and "Seinfeld.”

Robin Givens, who is also making her Broadway debut, has been seen on television in "The Bill Cosby Show," "Moesha," "Diff'rent Strokes," "In the House," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Cosby," "DAG" and "Head of the Class." She appeared in the TV movies "Beverly Hills Madam," "Michael Jordan: An American Hero," "Spinning Out of Control" and "The Women of Brewster Place." Givens' film credits include "Boomerang," "Head of State," "Flip the Script," "Hollywood Wives: The New Generation," "Everything's Jake," "4-Bidden," "Love Chronicles" and "A Good Night To Die."

Amra-Faye Wright starred in the South African productions of Chicago, Grease and A Chorus Line, the U.K. tour of Footloose and the London production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Her one-woman shows include It's Not Where I Star!, Drinks on Me and Rouge Pulp. Chicago marks her Broadway debut as well.

Bruce Winant has been seen on Broadway in Fiddler on the Roof, Miss Saigon and My Favorite Year as well as in the tours of Chicago and Les Misérables. Off-Broadway he was part of the cast of Jolson & Co., and his screen credits include "Friends and Family," "Ice Age," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Law & Order," "The West Wing," "Carnivale" and "Crossing Jordan." Winant will also be seen in the upcoming New York City Opera production of The Most Happy Fella. Chicago also stars Debra Monk as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Lillias White will become Chicago’s new Matron “Mama” Morton beginning Jan. 30.

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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