On Jan. 16 O’Hurley will replace Huey Lewis (Lewis joins the show Nov. 1) as Billy Flynn in the New York company of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. O’Hurley will stay with the Kander and Ebb musical through March 26.
John O’Hurley created the role of J. Peterman on “Seinfeld,” a role that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Ensemble. His other TV credits include “The Mullet’s” and “Father of the Pride,” and he can be heard as the voice of King Neptune on “SpongeBob SquarePants” and King Wallace II on “Kim Possible.” His theatre credits include national tours of Pirates of Penzance, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Brigadoon and Same Time, Next Year.
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 215 West 49th Street.