Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Nikka Graff Lanzarone July 5 | Playbill

News Broadway's Chicago Welcomes Nikka Graff Lanzarone July 5
Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown's Nikka Graff Lanzarone makes her Chicago debut in the role of Velma Kelly beginning July 5 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Nikka Graff Lanzarone
Nikka Graff Lanzarone

She succeeds Amra-Faye Wright, who ended her run in that part July 3.

Carol Woods and R. Lowe continue in the roles of Matron "Mama" Morton and Mary Sunshine, respectively. The cast also features Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn and Lombardi's Chris Sullivan as put-upon husband Amos Hart.

As previously reported, Christie Brinkley and Wright will begin a four-week engagement in the London production of Chicago beginning July 11.

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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 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 West 49th Street.

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