She steps in two days after Sandy Duncan steps out (Jan. 16) as Roxie Hart in the New York production, at the Shubert Theatre. Beginning Jan. 18, Belle Calaway will be Roxie to Neuwirth's Velma in the darkly comic "vaudeville" about getting away with murder in Jazz Age Chicago.
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs is the current Velma through Jan. 16.
Robert Urich, of the national tour, has said he will step into the Broadway company as lawyer Billy Flynn in the New Year. Brent Barrett is the current Billy through Dec. 23 (returning Feb. 15, 2000). Tony-nominated Marcia Lewis remains as Matron Mama Morton.
The 1975 John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse musical became a smash hit in revival (1996 and still going), eclipsing the original respectable run in the mid 1970s. The 1996 revival first starred Neuwirth as Velma and Ann Reinking as Roxie, playing roles originated by Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon, respectively. Walter Bobbie directed, Reinking choreographed in the style of Fosse.
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