Tony Yazbeck Will Be Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago

News   Tony Yazbeck Will Be Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago
 
The Tony-winning revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago will welcome Tony Yazbeck to the cast at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre Aug. 29.

Tony Yazbeck
Tony Yazbeck Photo by John Fortunato

Yazbeck will step into the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn for a nine-week engagement through Oct. 30. He will succeed Christopher Sieber, who plays his final performance Aug. 28 before heading out in the national tour of La Cage aux Folles.

Tony Yazbeck's Broadway credits include Phil Davis in Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Tulsa in the recent revival of Gypsy starring Patti LuPone (for which he earned an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination), Al in A Chorus Line, Never Gonna Dance, Oklahoma! and Gypsy with Tyne Daly. His Off-Broadway credits include the City Center Encores! productions of On The Town, Gypsy, The Apple Tree, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and Pardon My English, as well as the York Theatre production of Fanny Hill.

On Aug. 27 Chicago becomes the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history (and the longest-running American musical) when it surpasses A Chorus Line with a total of 6,138 performances.

The Broadway production currently stars two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Nikka Graff Lanzarone as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.

As previously announced, former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in an eight-week engagement beginning Sept. 5. DioGuardi will be joined by longtime Chicago veteran Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly. (Nikka Graff Lanzarone plays her final performance Sept. 4.) The revival of 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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 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 West 49th Street.

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

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