Chicago Welcomes Harris, Barrett and Ryan July 7

News   Chicago Welcomes Harris, Barrett and Ryan July 7 Samantha Harris, Brent Barrett and Roz Ryan begin performances as, respectively, Roxie Hart, Billy Flynn and Matron "Mama" Morton July 7 in the Tony Award-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.
Samantha Harris as Roxie Hart
Samantha Harris as Roxie Hart Photo by Joan Marcus

The threesome succeed Chandra Wilson (Morton), Tom Hewitt (Flynn) and Bonnie Langford (Hart), who played their final performances July 5.

The Chicago cast also currently includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tom Riis Farrell as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Two-time Emmy Award nominee and celebrated TV personality Harris ("The Insider," "Dancing with the Stars") will play a six-week run as merry murderess Hart through Aug. 16. Harris will also star as Roxie Hart in the Greenville, SC, engagement of the Chicago national tour, which runs Aug. 18-23 at the Peace Center.

Barrett will play slick lawyer Flynn through Aug. 9, and Ryan will be good to New York audiences through Aug. 30.

Samantha Harris appeared in the 23-city North American tour of Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, and also starred onstage in the original L.A. cast of Reefer Madness: The New "Hit" Musical. Brent Barrett, who recently completed a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular, received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and his other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, West Side Story and Candide. Barrett received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."

Roz Ryan made her Broadway debut in the Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin'. She also starred on The Great White Way in Dreamgirls and One Mo' Time and in the national tours of Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. Ryan's film credits include "Went to Coney Island," "Cotton Club" and "Dark Indigo."

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 219 West 49th Street.

The long-running musical celebrated its 12th anniversary and its 5,000th performance on Broadway Nov. 14, 2008.

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

Samantha Harris in <i>Chicago</i>
Samantha Harris in Chicago Photo by Joan Marcus
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