Broadway's Chicago Will Welcome New Matron "Mama" Morton | Playbill

News Broadway's Chicago Will Welcome New Matron "Mama" Morton On Sept. 29 the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, long-running hit musical Chicago will welcome a new Matron "Mama" Morton, Carmen Ruby Floyd.

Floyd will succeed long-time Chicago cast member Carol Woods, who will play her final performance Sept. 28 after 17 years on Broadway and on tour.

Chicago will mark Floyd's fifth Broadway show, following roles in After Midnight, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, Avenue Q and Disney's The Lion King.

The Broadway company also stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe and Mary Sunshine.

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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