From Velma to Roxie: Bebe Neuwirth Returns to Broadway Dec. 31

News   From Velma to Roxie: Bebe Neuwirth Returns to Broadway Dec. 31 Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth, who created the role of Velma Kelly in the revival of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, returns to that Tony-winning production Dec. 31 as the show's other merry murderess, Roxie Hart.
Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth Photo by Tom Bloom

The singer-dancer-actress is scheduled stay with the long-running musical through March 25, 2007.

Dec. 31 also marks the return of Brenda Braxton as Velma and Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart.

The Broadway production of Chicago also features Huey Lewis as Billy Flynn, Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Bebe Neuwirth received Tony Awards for her performances in the revivals of Sweet Charity and Chicago. Her other Broadway credits include roles in A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin', Damn Yankees and Fosse. Known around the world for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lilith on the NBC series "Cheers," Neuwirth has also been seen on screen in "Summer of Sam," "Celebrity," "Liberty Heights," "The Associate," "Jumanji," "Bugsy," "The Paint Job," "Getting to Know You" and "Wild Palms." Neuwirth also starred in a limited engagement of Here Lies Jenny, a musical event exploring the works of Kurt Weill at Off-Broadway's Zipper Theatre.

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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