DeJean Is Chicago's New Roxie

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Now that Charlotte d'Amboise has departed the New York company of Chicago to play Charity Hope Valentine in the Broadway-bound revival of Sweet Charity, the Broadway company of Chicago has found its new Roxie Hart.
Michelle DeJean
Michelle DeJean

Michelle DeJean will play the role of the merry murderess until further notice, according to a production spokesperson. DeJean stars opposite Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Anne L. Nathan as Matron "Mama" Morton, Ray Bokhour as Amos Hart, R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine and Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn. Barrett recently extended his Chicago engagement through April 5.

Michelle DeJean has appeared in the national and international tours of Chicago, West Side Story, Mame and Jesus Christ Superstar. She has also starred in productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, La Cage aux Folles, Evita, The Sound of Music and Oliver!.

Charlotte d'Amboise, a long-time Chicago favorite, is currently heading the out-of-town Boston tryout of Sweet Charity. The singer-actress-dancer is a last-minute replacement for Christina Applegate, who broke her foot March 11 during the Chicago run of Sweet Charity. Both Charity, which is scheduled to open on Broadway April 21, and Chicago are produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

Chicago won the Tony 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 215 West 49th Street.

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