Israeli pop star Shiri Maimon will make her Broadway debut beginning September 21 in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Maimon will step into the role of Roxie Hart, succeeding Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise. She is scheduled to stay with the production through October 5.
Maimon, who rose to fame as the runner-up in the TV show Kokhav Nolad, represented Israel in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest. She was also one of the judges on the first three seasons of The X Factor Israel.
“Choosing me to play a leading role in Chicago on Broadway is proof that dreams are meant to be fulfilled,” Maimon said in a statement. “I'm proud to bring an Israeli presence to Broadway. This is an incredible opportunity for me... and it will be a challenging and exciting time in my life.”
The current Broadway company of Chicago includes Tony winner Cady Huffman as Matron “Mama” Morton, d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Chicago, featuring a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler. The Walter Bobbie-helmed revival, choreographed by Ann Reinking, is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.