Chicago to Play Milestone Performance March 24

News   Chicago to Play Milestone Performance March 24
On March 24 the Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago, now playing the Ambassador Theatre, will become the seventh longest-running production in Broadway history.

When the Kander and Ebb musical plays its 5,125th performance, the production will surpass Jonathan Larson's Rent to become the seventh longest-running Broadway show.

The Chicago cast currently features two-time Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, South Africa native Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony nominee Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.

As previously announced, two-time Tony nominee Tom Wopat will return as Billy Flynn March 23, and on June 8 "Grey's Anatomy" star Chandra Wilson will step into the role of Matron "Mama" Morton for a four-week limited engagement.

As of March 24, the top ten longest-running shows will include The Phantom of the Opera (8,797 performances), Cats (7,485), Les Misérables (6,680), A Chorus Line (6,137), Oh! Calcutta! (5,959), Beauty and the Beast (5,461), Chicago (5,125), Rent (5,124), The Lion King (4,741) and Miss Saigon (4,097). Phantom is also still running.

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.

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