Wayne Brady Heads to Chicago on Broadway as Billy Flynn, Sept. 7

By Ernio Hernandez
May 10, 2004

Television personality Wayne Brady is set to make his Broadway debut as ruthless lawyer Billy Flynn in the John Kander-Fred Ebb musical, Chicago, starting Sept. 7.

The Emmy Award-winning actor, singer and talk-show host is slated to stay with the show through Nov. 28.

Brady is known for busting out into song as that host of his talk show "The Wayne Brady Show" (now in its second and last season) and for his improvisational skills on ABC's "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Brady has also guest appeared on television's "I'll Fly Away", "Home Court," "In the Heat of the Night," "Chappelle's Show" and emulating Jackie Wilson on "American Dreams." His stage credits include productions of A Chorus Line, Fences, I'm Not Rappaport, A Raisin in the Sun and Blade to the Heat.

The current Chicago company includes Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Pia Douwes as Velma Kelly, P. J. Benjamin as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton, D. Sabella as Mary Sunshine and Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn. Brenda Braxton returns as Velma Kelly May 16.

Chicago won the Tony 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.

Chicago plays at the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.