Grammy Winner Mya Breaks Foot; Broadway Debut Postponed

By Andrew Gans
29 Apr 2008

Mya
Mya
Photo by Amy Arbus

The Broadway debut of Grammy Award winner Mya, who was scheduled to begin performances in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago May 12, has been postponed.

The platinum recording artist has broken her foot, according to a statement released by the producer of Chicago.

Barry Weissler, producer of Chicago, said in the statement, "In the theatre industry, we are sometimes forced to deal with circumstances beyond our control. But speaking for the entire Chicago creative team, we all wish her a speedy recovery, and look forward to experiencing her portrayal of Velma Kelly as soon as possible."

Additional information will be announced as it becomes available.

A Washington, DC, native Mya made a splash with her 1998 debut album, "Mıa," which yielded three top 10 singles: "It's All About Me," "Movin' On" and "My First Night with You." Her second CD was titled "Fear of Flying." In 2001 Mya joined Lil' Kim, Pink, Christina Aguilera and Missy Elliot to record "Lady Marmalade" for the "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, which won a Grammy Award. Her third solo recording, "Moodring," featured the hits "My Love Is Like. . . Wo" and "Fallen." In 2005 the singer founded TMATF: The Mya Arts & Tech Foundation, which is dedicated to "providing disadvantaged youth growth and opportunity through arts and technology education."



Mıa's association with the razzle-dazzle world of Chicago dates back to 2003 when she played Mona in the Rob Marshall-directed film version of "Chicago."

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.

For more information visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.