By Adam Hetrick
17 Jan 2014
Barrett, who has been a frequent presence in the Broadway revival of Chicago throughout its run, will succeed Ryan Silverman, who exits the production Jan. 19.
The revival currently stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Amos Hart, two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Barrett played a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular and received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate. He also appeared in the Off-Broadway run of Silence! The Musical and the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production of Follies.
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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 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.
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.
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