Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Return of Terra C. MacLeod and Roz Ryan May 7
By Andrew Gans
The Tony-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago welcomes the return of Broadway favorites Terra C. MacLeod and Roz Ryan May 7 in the roles of, respectively, merry murderess Velma Kelly and Cook County jail Matron "Mama" Morton.
MacLeod succeeds Amra-Faye Wright, who concluded her Broadway engagement May 6 and will next be seen opposite Christie Brinkley in the national tour of Chicago in San Diego (May 8-13), Los Angeles (May 15-27) and Durham, NC (July 31-Aug. 5).
Ryan succeeds Carol Woods, who also concluded her latest Broadway engagement May 6, prior to joining the national tour of Chicago.
The Broadway company also features Tracy Shayne as Roxie Hart, Tony Yazbeck as Billy Flynn and Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart.
Over the past 10 years, MacLeod has played the role of Velma Kelly throughout the world, including Broadway, London's West End, both French-language premieres in Montreal and Paris, international and national tours and the 10th Anniversary Broadway Gala performance. Her other stage credits include Blood Brothers and The Producers at Vancouver Arts Club, Kiss of the Spider Woman at LA Havok Theatre, Cats and The Pajama Game at Musical Theatre West, West Side Story at the New Orleans Opera and Vancouver Arts Club (Jessie Award for Best Supporting Actress) and Guys and Dolls at San Diego Music Theatre.
Ryan returns to Broadway after starring in the acclaimed Seattle Fifth Avenue Theatre production of Saving Aimee last fall. Her Broadway credits include Ain't Misbehavin', Dreamgirls, One Mo' Time, The Pajama Game and A Christmas Carol, as well as national and international tours of Annie, South Pacific and Blues in the Night. She will next be seen on Broadway in Alexander deJong's All That Glitters, slated for a spring 2013 bow.
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 November 1996 where it remained through February 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. Read more about the revival in the Playbill Vault.
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.
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