PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Pills, Pac-Man, Parking and Diva Prayers!" A Two-Show Day at Broadway's Chicago With "Mama" Carol Woods

By Matthew Blank
24 Jun 2014

Theatre favorite Carol Woods is back in Broadway's Chicago playing her signature role: Matron "Mama" Morton. She shares a recent two-show day and shows the work that goes into becoming one of musical theatre's great diva characters.





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Time to start the makeup. And my ritual makeup prayer: “Lord, we need to change this face into a Diva Face! We need it right now, Lord! Right now! Right now! Amen!”
Photo by Carol Woods



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The Broadway production also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn and Paul C. Vogt as Amos.

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.

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 W. 49th Street.

Visit ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.