Pippin Star Will Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago

News   Pippin Star Will Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago
 
Carly Hughes, who is currently appearing as the Leading Player in the acclaimed Broadway revival of Pippin, will join the cast of the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Carly Hughes
Carly Hughes

Hughes will step into the role of merry murderess Velma Kelly beginning Feb. 2, 2015. She will succeed Amra-Faye Wright, who plays her final performance Feb. 1.

Hughes is set to star opposite Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles, who will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart that same night. Hughes and Nettles will both star for a limited eight-week engagement through March 29.

Carly Hughes' other Broadway credits include Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, The Book of Mormon, Ghost, Ragtime, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

The Broadway company currently stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart (through Dec. 22), Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart (beginning Dec. 23), John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton.

Chicago has set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Leslie Stifelman. The revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb. 11, 1997, and played that house through Jan. 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan. 29, 2003.

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.

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.

Visit ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

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