Amy Spanger Returns to Broadway's Chicago Tonight

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Amy Spanger plays a limited engagement in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago beginning Aug. 4 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Spanger, who first played merry murderess Roxie Hart in 2002 and most recently in 2014, again steps into the part through Aug. 16.

Spanger succeeds Brandy Norwood, who played her final performance as Roxie Aug. 2. Rumer Willis will take over from Spanger beginning Aug. 18.

On Broadway, Spanger's credits include roles in the original casts of Elf, Rock of Ages, The Wedding Singer (Drama Desk nomination) and the revival of Kiss Me, Kate; plus the Tony Award-winning productions of Urinetown and Sunset Boulevard.

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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