Chicago Will Welcome Langford, Harris, Barrett, Farrell and Wilson This Summer
By Andrew Gans
A host of stage and screen stars will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago this summer at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.
The role of merry murderess Roxie Hart, currently played by Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (through June 14), will also be portrayed by Bryn Dowling (June 15-28), Bonnie Langford (June 29-July 5) and Samantha Harris (July 7-Aug. 16).
Tom Hewitt is playing the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn through July 5. On July 7 frequent Chicago star Brent Barrett, who played a lengthy stint in the Las Vegas Phantom, will return to the role. Barrett is scheduled to stay with the award-winning revival through Aug. 9.
When Raymond Bokhour concludes his stint as Amos Hart on June 14, he will be succeeded by Tom Riis Farrell, who will be making his Chicago debut (June 15-Aug. 9).
The three women who will spend the summer playing Matron "Mama" Morton are Sofia Vergara (through June 7), Chandra Wilson (June 8-July 5) and Roz Ryan (July 7-Aug. 30).
Amra-Faye Wright will continue as Velma Kelly.
Bryn Dowling has been seen on Broadway in Chicago, The Producers and Fosse and Off-Broadway in The Frogs. Her screen credits include "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Late Show With David Letterman," "The Rosie O'Donnell Show" and "The Producers: The Movie Musical."
Bonnie Langford played Roxie Hart both at the Adelphi Theatre and the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Other West End and U.K. tour credits include Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Fosse, Gone With The Wind and, most recently, Adelaide in the Donmar production of Guys and Dolls. She also received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Baby June in the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy.
Brent Barrett, who recently completed a two-year stint in the title role of Phantom – the Las Vegas Spectacular, received an Olivier Award nomination for his role in the London company of Kiss Me, Kate, and his other theatrical credits include the Broadway productions of Annie Get Your Gun, Chicago, Grand Hotel, Dance a Little Closer, West Side Story and Candide. Barrett received a Los Angeles Drama Critics Award for his work in the L.A. production of Chicago and has been seen Off-Broadway in Closer Than Ever, March of the Falsettos, The Death of Von Richtofen, The Time of the Cuckoo and Portrait of Jenny. His television and film appearances include "Hercules," "Longtime Companion," "All My Children," "Another World" and "Guiding Light."
Tom Riis Farrell has been seen on Broadway in Coram Boy, Dirty Blonde, Wrong Mountain and 1776.
Two-time Emmy Award nominee and celebrated TV personality Samantha Harris ("The Insider," "Dancing with the Stars") appeared in the 23-city North American tour of Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, and also starred onstage in the original L.A. cast of Reefer Madness: The New "Hit" Musical.
"Grey's Anatomy" star Chandra Wilson has appeared on Broadway in Caroline, or Change; Avenue Q; and On the Town. She also received a Theatre World Award for her performance in Off-Broadway's The Good Times Are Killing Me.
Roz Ryan made her Broadway debut in the Fats Waller revue Ain't Misbehavin'. She also starred on The Great White Way in Dreamgirls and One Mo' Time and in the national tours of Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. Ryan's film credits include "Went to Coney Island," "Cotton Club" and "Dark Indigo."
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 219 West 49th Street.
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