Rent Star Adam Pascal Will Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago
By Andrew Gans
The long-running, Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago will welcome Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal to the role of slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn beginning April 8.
Pascal takes over for Christopher Sieber, who concludes his return engagement April 7.
Pascal will join a cast that includes Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
As previously announced, Christine Pedi will make her Chicago debut as Matron "Mama" Morton, also beginning April 8.
Adam Pascal made his Broadway debut originating the role of Roger in Jonathan Larson's Rent, a role which he also played in the Off-Broadway premiere and later in London, and for which he received a 1996 Tony Award nomination. He also originated the role of Radames in Broadway's Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice. His other Broadway credits include the final Emcee in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall production of Cabaret and the final Huey in Memphis.
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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