Marco Zunino Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago Jan. 16; Bianca Marroquin Returns
By Andrew Gans
Latin-American star Marco Zunino makes his Broadway debut as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Tony-winning revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago beginning Jan. 16 at the Ambassador Theatre.
Zunino will appear for a four-week limited engagement through Feb. 12. The evening also welcomes the return of Mexican stage and screen sensation Bianca Marroquin to the role of Roxie Hart.
The Broadway production of Chicago also currently stars Bahiyah Hibah as Velma Kelly, Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.
A native of Lima, Peru, Marco Zunino began his acting career at the age of 14, having appeared in several Latin American soap operas and television miniseries. Later, he moved to America to study at New York City's Circle in the Square Theatre School. Upon returning to Lima, Zunino worked steadily starring in television soap operas and miniseries before starring in Latin American productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), West Side Story (Tony), Rent (Roger) and Cabaret (Emcee), the latter of which earned him Peru's highest acting achievement in 2009. In 2013, he is slated to headline the first-ever Latin American production of The Boy from Oz, based on the life story of singer/songwriter Peter Allen.
Born in Monterrey, Mexico, Marroquin began her stage career in Mexico City in productions of Beauty and the Beast, Rent, The Vagina Monologues, The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. Her other Broadway credits include In the Heights (Daniela) and The Pajama Game (Carmen).
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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