The acclaimed singing actress, who was originally scheduled to play the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart through June 13, will now end her run July 18. (Henshall was previously seen in the long-running revival of the Kander and Ebb musical at the Ambassador Theatre in the role of Velma Kelly.)
Terra C. MacLeod returns to the cast May 10 as Velma. The Broadway company also features Matthew Settle (as Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (as Amos Hart) and Terri White (as Matron "Mama" Morton).
Ruthie Henshall was last seen in the West End in the title role of the Michel Legrand/Boublil and Schonberg musical Marguerite at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Other West End credits include the original London casts of the import of Broadway's Crazy for You (Prince Edward Theatre, 1993), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, 1994, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Chicago (playing Roxie Hart at the Adelphi, 1997). She also starred in the British premiere of Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre, 2001) and took over leading roles in Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Oliver! and The Woman in White. Henshall has been seen on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Chicago (playing Velma Kelly) and Putting It Together.
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.
Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street.
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