Heisman Trophy Winner Will Be Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago

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NFL player and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago in 2016.
Eddie George
Eddie George

George will step into the role of Billy Flynn beginning Jan. 11, 2016, for a seven-week limited engagement at the Ambassador Theatre through Feb. 28.

George will be making his Broadway debut following stage appearances in such works as Matthew Lopez’s The Whipping Man (Nashville Repertory Theatre), Suzan-Lori ParksTopdog/Underdog (Amun Ra Theatre) and in the title roles of both Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival. George won the Heisman Trophy in 1995 while playing for Ohio State University. That honor served as the prelude to a nine-year career in the NFL, which saw him lead the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV and selected to the Pro Bowl four consecutive years, finishing his career with the Dallas Cowboys under coach Bill Parcells.

Chicago currently stars Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (through Nov. 1 only; Charlotte Kate Fox will play the role Nov. 2–15), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. As previously reported, NeNe Leakes (Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) will join the production in the role of Matron “Mama” Morton Nov. 23-Dec. 20.

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 at 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.

Visit ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

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