By Kenneth Jones
and Andrew Gans
18 Mar 2002
Denise Van Outen, a veteran Roxie from the West End production of Chicago, makes her Broadway debut in the New York company of that hit show on March 18.
The singer-actress will star as Roxie Hart, one of the show's merry murderesses, through April 28 before returning to the London company. Van Outen's co-stars include Deidre Goodwin, who just finished shooting the film version of Chicago, as Velma Kelly; Eric Jordan Young, the 2001 Helen Hayes Award winner for his role in the Signature Theatre Company's Side Show, as Billy Flynn (Ron Raines takes over March 25); Broadway veteran P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart; and Alix Korey, who was on Broadway earlier this season in Neil Simon's 45 Seconds From Broadway, as Matron "Mama" Morton.
Van Outen, who is best known on the other side of the pond for her TV morning show "The Big Breakfast," has also appeared onstage in the Royal Shakespeare Company's A Midsummer Night's Dream, Les Misérables and Stop The World — I Want to Get Off. She has also starred in such TV series as "Something for the Weekend" and "Babes in the Woods."
Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago, presented by Barry and Fran Weissler, plays the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th Street. It won the Tony Award for Best Revival (Musical) in 1997. Walter Bobbie directs, Ann Reinking choreographs "in the style of Bob Fosse." For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200.