Mel B, “Scary Spice” of the iconic Spice Girls and a judge on America’s Got Talent, makes her Broadway return in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago beginning December 28 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).
She is playing an eight-week limited engagement in the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart, the role originated in this revival by Ann Reinking, through February 19, 2017.
Mel B (née Melanie Janine Brown) made her Broadway debut in April 2004 during the original run of Rent in the role of Mimi. She is also known to audiences worldwide as “Scary Spice” of the Spice Girls. She is a chart-topping music artist, actor, author, TV host, and entrepreneur. A working mom, she’s currently starring on hit TV shows on three different continents: in the U.S. as a judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent; in the U.K. as host of Lip Sync Battle UK; and in Australia as a guest judge on The X Factor.
Chicago currently stars Amra-Faye Wright
as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival, and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features 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, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.
“Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s,” Chicago, according to press notes, “is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.”
(Updated December 28, 2016)