Lawrence to Join Broadway's Chicago; Marroquin to Return

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18 Apr 2007

Joey Lawrence
Joey Lawrence

Former child actor Joey Lawrence, who currently plays Clay Dobson on "CSI: NY," will join the Broadway company of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago May 4.

Lawrence, who was also part of the third season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," will play slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the long-running revival. The actor is scheduled to stay with the musical through June 17.

In other Chicago casting news, Bianca Marroquin will succeed Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth as Roxie Hart beginning April 23. She will join a company that features Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Rob Bartlett as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron Mama Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

As previously announced, husband-and-wife actors Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna will join the Chicago company June 19 as respectively, Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart. They are currently scheduled to play those roles through July 29.

Joey Lawrence has been seen on television in "Gimme a Break," "Blossom," "Brotherly Love" and "American Dreams." His film credits include "Summer Rental," "Chains of Gold," "Radioland Murderers" and "Urban Legends." His solo recording is titled "Joey Lawrence." Chicago will mark the singing actor's Broadway debut.

Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Bianca Marroquin began her career in Mexico City in the ensemble of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. For her portrayal of Roxie Hart in the Mexico City mounting, Marroquin received five awards from the Mexican Critics Association including New Revelation and Best Actress. Her other theatrical credits include Rent and The Phantom of the Opera. She has also appeared in the national tour of Chicago.

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.

Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.