By Andrew Gans
04 Sep 2012
Spanger, who first made her Chicago debut as Roxie Hart on Broadway in 2002, will again step into the shoes of that merry murderess.
Spanger was most recently seen as Gwendolyn in David Hyde Pierce's production of The Importance of Being Earnest at the Williamstown Theater Festival. On Broadway her credits include roles in the original casts of Elf; Rock of Ages; The Wedding Singer (Drama Desk nomination) and the revival of Kiss Me, Kate; plus the Tony Award-winning productions of Urinetown and Sunset Boulevard.
Broadway's Chicago currently stars Tracy Shayne as Roxie Hart (through Sept. 13), Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.
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.