Gals of "The View" to Welcome Chicago's Usher

News   Gals of "The View" to Welcome Chicago's Usher
Barbara Walters, Rosie O'Donnell, Joy Behar and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — the current hosts of ABC-TV's "The View" — will welcome Chicago star Usher Sept. 21.

Usher will chat about his Broadway debut in the long-running Kander and Ebb revival. The Grammy Award-winning star is currently playing Billy Flynn; he recently extended his engagement in the musical at the Ambassador Theatre to Oct. 14.

"The View" airs in the metropolitan area on ABC-TV Channel 7 from 11 AM – noon. Check local listings.

Usher is a five-time Grammy Award-winning artist. His fifth album, "Confessions," was released in 2004 and sold over 15 million copies. The Hip-hop artist has also appeared in such films as "She's All That," "The Faculty," "Light it Up," "Geppetto," "Texas Rangers" and "In the Mix." His television credits include "The Twilight Zone," "7th Heaven," "Moesha" and "American Dreams." Chicago will mark Usher's Broadway debut.

Usher is featured in a cast that also includes Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, Rob Bartlett as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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 215 West 49th Street.

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