Tony Winner Lenox Joins Broadway's Chicago Aug. 7; DeJean Returns

News   Tony Winner Lenox Joins Broadway's Chicago Aug. 7; DeJean Returns
 
Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox, who starred in the Broadway and national tour of Doubt, makes her Chicago debut Aug. 7 in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton.
Adriane Lenox
Adriane Lenox Photo by Aubrey Reuben

The long-running revival of the Kander and Ebb musical also welcomes the return of Michelle DeJean, who again slips into the high heels of merry murderess Roxie Hart. (Tom Wopat, who was also scheduled to return to the musical at the Ambassador Theatre Aug. 7, will now begin performances as slick lawyer Billy Flynn Aug. 8.)

Lenox is scheduled to belt out "When You're Good to Mama" through Sept. 30. DeJean will end her run Sept. 2; Wopat will also play a limited summer engagement.

For her performance as Mrs. Muller in Doubt, Adriane Lenox received the Tony, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Awards. Her other Broadway credits include Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Kiss Me, Kate. She received an Obie Award and an Audelco Award for her work Off-Broadway in Dinah Was, and was also seen Off Broadway in Miss Evers Boys, Cavedweller, Spunk, The America Play, The Venus Hottentot and Beehive.

Michelle DeJean has appeared in the national and international tours of Chicago, West Side Story, Mame and Jesus Christ Superstar. She has also starred in productions of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, La Cage aux Folles, Evita, The Sound of Music and Oliver!

Tom Wopat received a Tony nomination for his role as Frank Butler opposite Bernadette Peters in the Broadway revival of Annie Get Your Gun and has also appeared on Broadway in I Love My Wife, City of Angels, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, 42nd Street and Glengarry Glen Ross. Perhaps best known for his seven-season run on "The Dukes of Hazzard," Wopat has also released several albums with CBS and Capitol Records. His latest disc is entitled "Dissertation on the State of Bliss." Wopat will return to Broadway later this season in the new musical A Catered Affair. 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.

Show times are Tuesday and Sunday evenings at 7 PM, Wednesday-Saturday evenings at 8 PM with matinees Wednesdays and Saturdays at 2 PM.

Chicago's cumulative audience tally for Broadway reached a total of five million patrons at the Aug. 3 performance.

Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street.

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