The Associated Press reports that Swayze will assume the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn when the tour plays San Diego and Los Angeles. 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. Swayze will join co-stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart and Reva Rice as Velma Kelly. Patrick Swayze appeared in the Broadway productions of Grease and Goodtime Charley. The actor, however, is best known for his film career, which includes Golden Globe nominations for his performances in "Dirty Dancing," "Ghost" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar."
Chicago, also playing Broadway's Ambassador Theatre, 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. For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.