Japan's Ryoko Yonekura Will Play One-Week Engagement in Broadway's Chicago

By Andrew Gans
30 May 2012

Ryoko Yonekura
Ryoko Yonekura

The Tony-winning revival of Chicago will welcome Japanese superstar Ryoko Yonekura to the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart beginning July 10 at the Ambassador Theatre.

The actress will play a one-week engagement through July 15.

She will join a cast that includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony Yazbeck as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton (through June 3). Carol Woods returns as Matron "Mama" Morton beginning June 4.

Following her Broadway debut, Yonekura will join Wright and the U.S. national touring company of Chicago in Tokyo, Aug. 30-Sept. 16 at the Akasaka Act Theatre.



Yonekura originated the role of Roxie Hart in the Japanese-language production of Chicago in 2008 and again in 2010. Last year, she played Scarlet O'Hara in the Japanese stage adaptation of Gone With The Wind and won the Kazuo Kikuta Drama Award.

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 November 1996 where it remained through February 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. Read more about the revival in the Playbill Vault.

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.