Wopat and DeJean to Return to Broadway's Chicago Aug. 7

News   Wopat and DeJean to Return to Broadway's Chicago Aug. 7 Playbill.com has learned that Tom Wopat and Michelle DeJean will return to the Broadway cast of the Tony-winning Chicago revival Aug. 7 at the Ambassador Theatre.
Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat

Wopat will once again play slick lawyer Billy Flynn, while DeJean will slip into the high heels of merry murderess Roxie Hart. DeJean is scheduled to stay with the production through Sept. 2; Wopat is also playing a limited summer engagement.

As previously announced, Aug. 7 will also welcome a new Matron Mama Morton when Tony winner Adriane Lenox — of Doubt fame — joins the cast of the long-running revival. The company also features Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly and Rob Bartlett as Amos.

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

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.

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! 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 plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.