A spokesperson for the Kander and Ebb musical confirmed that Naughton has extended his stay in the Tony-winning revival through Feb. 1. Naughton recently returned to Chicago as Billy Flynn, the role that brought the actor his second Tony Award. Originally scheduled to stay with the production at the Ambassador Theatre through Jan. 25, Naughton has extended his contract by one week. Side Show's Norm Lewis will replace Naughton beginning Feb. 2.
James Naughton won his first Tony Award in 1990 for his performance in Cy Coleman's City of Angels; his other Broadway credits include Four Baboons Adoring the Sun, I Love My Wife and Whose Life Is It Anyway?, and he has been seen Off-Broadway in E.L. Doctorow's Drinks Before Dinner and Losing Time. Also a director, his production of Arthur Miller's The Price, which premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival, moved to Broadway and garnered a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Play. Naughton's film credits include "The Good Mother" with Diane Keaton, "The Glass Menagerie" with Joanne Woodward and "The Paper Chase." Television audiences know the actor through his appearances on such series as "Brooklyn Bridge," "Ally McBeal" and "Who's The Boss?" Naughton also directed Paul Newman in a production of Thornton Wilder's Our Town, which played Broadway last season.
Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.
On Broadway, Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th Street. For tickets, visit Click here.