Lillias White to Join Broadway’s Chicago Jan. 31

News   Lillias White to Join Broadway’s Chicago Jan. 31
 
Tony Award winner Lillias White will become Chicago’s new Matron “Mama” Morton one day later than originally announced.

White will now begin her limited engagement in the Tony Award-winning Kander and Ebb revival Jan. 31. White succeeds Debra Monk in the role of the money hungry prison matron, although Monk will again play the role Feb. 23-28 when White takes a one-week hiatus. White is scheduled to stay with the production through April 23.

Lillias White, who starred in the award-winning revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, garnered a Tony Award for her work in Cy Coleman's The Life. She also starred on Broadway in Barnum and Once on This Island and as Effie in the revival of Dreamgirls. She has also appeared in the Actors' Fund of America's benefit concerts of Dreamgirls, Funny Girl and Hair and was part of the cast of the City Center Encores! production of Purlie.

Chicago currently features Robin Givens as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn, Bruce Winant as Amos Hart, Debra Monk as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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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