Williams, of Destiny's Child fame, had previously been scheduled to depart the production following the March 28 performance. She will join the Los Angeles engagement of Chicago April 20 at the Pantages Theatre and continue there through May 9. In L.A. Williams will be joined by Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn, Tom Riis Farrell as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.
In other Broadway Chicago casting news: "Gossip Girl" star Matthew Settle will now make his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn for an eight-week engagement beginning April 19. Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt will return as Billy Flynn for a three-week engagement beginning March 29, Amra-Faye Wright will return as Velma Kelly beginning April 5, and Terri White ( Finian's Rainbow) makes her debut as Matron "Mama" Morton April 26.
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.
Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street.
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