Christine Pedi Will Join Broadway Company of Tony-Winning Chicago Revival
By Andrew Gans
The long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago will welcome Christine Pedi to the role of Cook County Jail's "keeper of the keys," Matron "Mama" Morton, beginning April 8.
The singing actress will play a ten-week limited engagement through June 16 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). Pedi will succeed Carol Woods, who concludes her celebrated two-year engagement April 7.
Pedi has a long association with the satirical revue Forbidden Broadway; she received a Drama Desk nomination for Forbidden Hollywood and played both shows in New York, London and around the world. On Broadway she appeared in Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber and Little Me with Martin Short and Faith Prince. Her most recent stage credits include Off-Broadway's NEWSical the Musical and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage.
The Broadway company of Chicago also stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn (through April 7), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
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. The modern classic has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Fosse.
The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 West 49th Street.
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