Bianca Marroquín and NaTasha Yvette Williams Return to Broadway's Chicago Starting April 8 | Playbill

Broadway News Bianca Marroquín and NaTasha Yvette Williams Return to Broadway's Chicago Starting April 8

The long-running, Tony-winning revival continues at the Ambassador Theatre.

Bianca Marroquín and Natasha Yvette Williams

The Broadway company of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago welcomes the return of Bianca Marroquín and Tony nominee NaTasha Yvette Williams beginning April 8 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Marroquín, who has played Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly in the Broadway company of Chicago off-and-on in over 4,000 performances, returns to the role of merry murderer Roxie. That same evening, Williams will again step into the part of Matron "Mama" Morton.

Marroquín, who succeeds Ariana Madix, first played Roxie in 2002 in Mexico City’s Spanish-language production. She subsequently made history as the first Mexican woman in a leading role on Broadway in the long-running New York production. For Broadway’s post-pandemic return in 2021, she made her debut in the role of Velma Kelly, joining a short list of women who have both played Roxie and Velma in the show, including Chita Rivera, Bebe Neuwirth, and Ruthie Henshall.

Williams, who succeeds Haley Swindal, received a Tony nomination for her performance as Sweet Sue in Some Like it Hot last season. Her other Broadway credits include Chicken & Biscuits, Tina—The Tina Turner Musical, Waitress, A Night with Janis Joplin, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, and The Color Purple.

The current cast features Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Red Concepción as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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The company also includes David Bushman, Max Clayton, Kristine Covillo, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Kristen Faith Oei, Angel Reda, Mikayla Renfrow, Jermaine R. Rembert, Michael Scirrotto, Colt Adam Weiss.

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 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year.

Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).

READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years

With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.

The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.

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