Neuwirth Extends Her Fosse Run to May 27; Vereen Expected to Return

News   Neuwirth Extends Her Fosse Run to May 27; Vereen Expected to Return Bebe Neuwirth will stick around Fosse to May 27, a month longer than previously announced, but co-star Ann Reinking leaves the show April 29 as planned, a spokesman for the show said.

Bebe Neuwirth will stick around Fosse to May 27, a month longer than previously announced, but co-star Ann Reinking leaves the show April 29 as planned, a spokesman for the show said.

Adding star names to the Tony Award-winning ensemble show has kept audiences interested in the revue of dances and numbers created by the late director-choreographer Bob Fosse. Reinking and Neuwirth starred together in the hit revival of Chicago. Neuwirth joined Fosse April 2.

A Fosse spokesman said Ben Vereen, who headlined the show Jan. 26-March 1 (with Reinking joining him March 2), will come back to the show at the Broadhurst Theatre in late May or early June after Neuwirth leaves.

Reinking, who co-conceived, co-directed and co-choreographed Fosse, joined the show March 2, during Vereen's run, and decided to stick around beyond his initial tenure so she could team with Neuwirth.

* Neuwirth, like Reinking, is a veteran of Fosse's work. She won a Tony Award in Fosse's Broadway revival of Sweet Charity (playing Nickie), and another for playing Velma Kelly in the smash revival of Chicago, choreographed by and co-starring Reinking, who created dances "in the style of Bob Fosse," the original director-choreographer of that show.

Vereen's run with the show lasted Jan. 26-April 1.

Neuwirth (widely known as Lilith on TV's "Cheers" and "Frasier") has returned to the still-running smash revival of Chicago several times since it began in 1996. She most recently appeared in it (next door, at the Shubert Theatre) in February and early March.

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Dancer Reinking was a longtime favorite of director choreographer Bob Fosse, whose work the show celebrates. She appeared in featured roles is his popular revue, Dancin', and in his film, "All That Jazz." Reinking, linked personally and professionally to Fosse, co directed Fosse with Richard Maltby Jr.

Fosse opened Jan. 14, 1999, and won the Best Musical Tony Award in 1999. It marked the last Broadway musical that actress-dancer Gwen Verdon worked on. Verdon, Fosse's widow and dance collaborator from such shows as New Girl in Town, Redhead, Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees was Fosse's artistic advisor, working closely with pal Reinking.

Tickets are $35-$85. The Broadhurst is at 235 W. 44th Street. For ticket information, call (212) 582-1200.