This will mark the Broadway debut for the two-time Grammy Award nominee, who will play the role of Matron “Mama” Morton. Stone will replace B.J. Crosby, who currently portrays the jail warden in the award-winning Kander and Ebb musical. Others in the Broadway company currently include Chicago veteran Belle Calaway as Roxie Hart, Smokey Joe’s Cafe Tony nominee Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Clarke Peters as Billy Flynn, D. Sabella as Mary Sunshine and P. J. Benjamin as Amos Hart. Best known for such recordings as “Black Diamond” (Arista) and “Mahogany Soul” (J Records), Angie Stone has also appeared in the Touchstone film “The Hot Chick” and will co-star in Paramount Pictures’ “Fighting Temptations” this summer.
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.
Chicago plays Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM. The Ambassador Theatre is located at 215 West 49th Street. For ticket information, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.