Film and TV star Christopher McDonald will play the slick lawyer through Sept. 4, according to a spokesperson for the Tony-winning Kander and Ebb musical. Bernard Dotson is currently playing the role, which was originated in this revival by James Naughton, who won a Tony Award for his performance.
The remainder of the Chicago company currently includes Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Mary Testa as Matron "Mama" Morton, P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Luba Mason begins a stint as Velma beginning June 28.
Christopher McDonald has appeared in numerous films and television productions. Among his most recent credits are "Fat Actress," "Cracking Up," "Grind," "Spy Kids 2: Island of Lost Dreams," "Speakeasy," "The Man Who Wasn't There," "The Theory of the Leisure Class" and "The Perfect Storm." He has also appeared in "Grease 2," "Dutch," "Thelma & Louise," "Quiz Show" and "Happy Gilmore." Chicago will mark the actor's Broadway debut.
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.