Tony Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald Joins Broadway Cast of Chicago Oct. 28
By Andrew Gans
Two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald joins the long-running, Tony-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago beginning Oct. 28 at the Ambassador Theatre.
Fitzgerald steps into the role of put-upon husband Amos Hart. He succeeds Todd Buonopane, who played his final performance Oct. 27 and will rejoin the national touring company of Chicago starting Nov. 5.
Chicago marks Fitzgerald's sixth Broadway show. In addition to his Tony-nominated performances in Finian's Rainbow and Young Frankenstein, he also appeared in Amour (Drama Desk nomination), Wicked and, most recently, The Merchant of Venice.
The Broadway company also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton.
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.
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 W. 49th Street.
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