Sharon Lawrence, widely known for her TV roles on "NYPD Blue" and "Ladies' Man," returns to her Broadway roots April 11, vamping it up as Velma Kelly in Chicago at the Shubert Theatre.
She'll sing "All That Jazz" and dance "The Hot Honey Rag," among other wicked John Kander-Fred Ebb numbers, opposite Charlotte d'Amboise, who plays Roxie Hart.
Lawrence played Andy Sipowicz's wife on "NYPD Blue," but before her TV days she was in Broadway revivals of Zorba, Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof. Her most recent New York City appearance was in The Public Theater's Tongue of a Bird with Cherry Jones (also seen at the Mark Taper Forum).
In newspaper columns, in 1999, Lawrence was said to be under consideration for the role of Lois Lane in the revival of Kiss Me, Kate.
Chicago, the hit revival of the 1975 musical satire about American crime, corruption and showbiz, is now in its fourth year on Broadway. The company Lawrence will keep includes Brent Barrett as Billy, Ernie Sabella as Amos, Marcia Lewis as Mama Morton (with Roz Ryan in the role April 15-May 4). For tickets, call (212) 239-6200.