Bebe Neuwirth, who recently returned to her Tony-winning role in Broadway's Chicago, is staying with the tuner a little longer. After taking off a week (Feb. 24-29) for a prior commitment, Neuwirth was expected to stay in the show through March 5. Instead, she'll now be the production's Velma through March 19, according to an advertisement the New York Times. After some time off to appear in the Encores! concert staging of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, opposite Kristin Chenoweth and Peter Friedman, Brent Barrett returned to Chicago Feb 15 and is expected to stay for some time, as is original cast member Marcia Lewis (Mama Morton). According to a spokesperson at the Pete Sanders Group, other current cast-members include Belle Calaway as Roxie, Ernie Sabella as Amos and R. Bean as Mary Sunshine.
The 1996 Best Revival Tony Award-winner, a sleek reconsideration of the 1975 John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse musical, has notched more than 1,300 performances to date. For tickets and information on Chicago at the Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street, call (212) 239-6200.