According to the Telecharge website, Swayze will begin his stint as slick lawyer Billy Flynn Dec. 15, playing through Dec. 28. A spokesperson for the musical was unable to confirm the Broadway casting news.
Swayze's New York run will precede his previously announced engagement in the show's national tour. Kander and Ebb's Tony-winning musical is set to play San Diego's Civic Center, Dec. 30, 2003-Jan. 4, 2004. The production will then move on to the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles from Jan. 7-Jan. 18, 2004. On Broadway and in the national tour, Swayze will play opposite the Roxie Hart of Bianca Marroquin and Reva Rice's Velma Kelly.
Patrick Swayze appeared in the Broadway productions of Grease and Goodtime Charley. The actor, however, is best known for his film work, which includes Golden Globe nominations for his performances in "Dirty Dancing," "Ghost" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar."
Chicago won the Tony Award 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.
On Broadway, Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th Street. For tickets, call (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.