Glee Star Matthew Morrison Heads Cast of Chicago in Japan Beginning April 18 | Playbill

International News Glee Star Matthew Morrison Heads Cast of Chicago in Japan Beginning April 18

The Tony nominee is playing slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse musical.

Glee star and The Light in the Piazza Tony nominee plays slick lawyer Billy Flynn in a limited engagement of Chicago April 18–21 at the Orix Theater in Osaka and April 25–May 5 at the Tokyu Theater Orb.

The international production of the Tony Award-winning musical is presented in English with Japanese subtitles. Morrison is joined by a cast of U.K. artists.

Watch Morrison—whose Broadway credits also include Finding Neverland, South Pacific, A Naked Girl on the Appian Way, Hairspray, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and Footloose—discuss his latest theatre outing (in Japanese) in a previous video above.

The Broadway revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre November 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year and continues at that venue.

Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).

READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years

With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and Broadway casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.

The current Broadway production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.

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Matthew Morrison On Stage

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