Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Langford June 29

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Bonnie Langford joins the cast of the Tony Award-winning John Kander and Fred Ebb musical Chicago June 29 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Langford is stepping into the role of Roxie Hart through July 5. Samantha Harris ("Dancing with the Stars") will play the merry murderess beginning July 7.

Langford joins a cast that currently includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tom Riis Farrell as Amos Hart, Chandra Wilson as Matron "Mama" Morton, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Bonnie Langford played Roxie Hart both at the Adelphi Theatre and the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End. Other West End and U.K. tour credits include Sweet Charity, Me and My Girl, Peter Pan, Cats, The Pirates of Penzance, Gypsy, 42nd Street, Oklahoma, Fosse, Gone With The Wind and, most recently, Adelaide in the Donmar production of Guys and Dolls. She also received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance as Baby June in the 1974 Broadway revival of Gypsy.

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. The long-running musical celebrated its 12th anniversary and its 5,000th performance on Broadway Nov. 14, 2008.

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A host of stage and screen stars will join the cast of the Tony Award-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago this summer at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.

Tom Hewitt is playing the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn through July 5. On July 7 frequent Chicago star Brent Barrett, who played a lengthy stint in the Las Vegas Phantom, will return to the role. Barrett is scheduled to stay with the award-winning revival through Aug. 9.

The women who will spend the summer playing Matron "Mama" Morton are Chandra Wilson (through July 5) and Roz Ryan (July 7-Aug. 30).

Bonnie Langford in the UK's <i>Chicago</i>.
Bonnie Langford in the UK's Chicago. Photo by Catherine Ashmore
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