PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day With Chicago Star Nikka Graff Lanzarone
By Matthew Blank
Ever wonder about the routine of a Broadway actor on one of those grueling two-performance days? Nikka Graff Lanzarone, who stars as Velma Kelly in the Broadway production of Chicago, offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look behind the scenes at a recent day at the theatre.
Armed with a digital camera, Lanzarone takes us through her day, from morning coffee(s) to the trip home and everything in between. She shows off her daily rituals, conducts a tour of the theatre and introduces the numerous people who make the show happen eight times a week.
Enjoy a day at Chicago with Nikka Graff Lanzarone:
*On Aug. 27 the Tony-winning revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago becomes the fourth longest-running production in Broadway history when it surpasses A Chorus Line with a total of 6,138 performances.
The Broadway production currently stars two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Nikka Graff Lanzarone as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.
As previously announced, former "American Idol" judge Kara DioGuardi will make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in an eight-week engagement beginning Sept. 5. DioGuardi will be joined by longtime Chicago veteran Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly. (Lanzarone plays her final performance Sept. 4.)
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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