From Cabaret to Chicago: Deborah Gibson to Play Velma Kelly

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Deborah Gibson will go from drugged-out cabaret singer Sally Bowles to merry murderess Velma Kelly when she opens the Lyric Theatre’s 2003 summer season in July.
Deborah Gibson as Sally Bowles in Cabaret.
Deborah Gibson as Sally Bowles in Cabaret. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gibson, who is currently starring opposite Neil Patrick Harris in the Roundabout’s Tony-winning revival of Cabaret, will portray Velma Kelly in the Lyric’s production of Chicago, which is set to play Oklahoma City’s Civic Center Music Hall, July 8-12. It will be the second time Gibson has starred in the Kander and Ebb musical; she portrayed Velma in the North Shore Music Theatre’s mounting of the musical last year.

At the Lyric Theatre — Oklahoma’s only professional musical theatre — Gibson will be joined by Sean McDermott as Billy Flynn and Stacey Logan as Roxie Hart. Logan has appeared on Broadway in Sweet Smell of Success, Crazy for You, Beauty and the Beast, Candide and Big. McDermott’s Main Stem credits include Miss Saigon, Falsettos, Starlight Express and Grease!.

Chicago will be directed by the Lyric’s artistic director, Nick Demos, with musical direction by Ron Melrose. The summer season will also include Footloose (July 22-26), The Wizard of Oz (August 5-9), Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Aug. 19-23) and Forever Plaid (July 16-Aug. 9).

After pop success with such tunes as "Only In My Dreams" and "Lost in Your Eyes," Long Island native Deborah Gibson focused on the musical theatre, performing in the Broadway companies of Les Miz, Grease! and Beauty and the Beast as well as the national tours of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Funny Girl and Cinderella. Gibson also appeared opposite Betty Buckley in the Paper Mill production of Gypsy, and her newest solo recording is titled "M.Y.O.B."

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