Hollywood Bowl Chicago, With Ashlee Simpson, Samantha Barks, Stephen Moyer, Gives L.A. the Old Razzle Dazzle July 26
By Adam Hetrick
The starry Hollywood Bowl production of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago, starring Samantha Barks, Ashlee Simpson and Stephen Moyer, begins July 26 in Los Angeles under the direction of stage and screen star Brooke Shields.
Shields, who also appeared in the Broadway and London productions of Chicago, directs the award-winning musical that continues through July 28. Rob Fisher conducts the orchestra.
Barks ("Les Misérables") stars as Velma Kelly, opposite pop singer Simpson, who made her London and Broadway debuts as Roxie Hart in Chicago, and Moyer ("True Blood") as Billy Flynn.
The leading players also include Drew Carey ("The Price Is Right," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") as Amos Hart and Lucy Lawless ("Xena: Warrior Princess," Grease) as Mama Morton.
The Broadway 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.
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