Into the Woods Star Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago Tonight | Playbill

News Into the Woods Star Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago Tonight Ivan Hernandez, who played The Wolf and Cinderella's Prince in the Public Theater production of Into the Woods, makes his Broadway debut June 15 in the role of Billy Flynn in the Tony-winning production of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Ivan Hernandez
Ivan Hernandez

Hernandez' other credits include The Mambo Kings at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre, Zhivago (directed by Des McAnuff) at La Jolla Playhouse, Romantic Poetry (written and directed by John Patrick Shanley) at Manhattan Theatre Club, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway musical Yank!, Paul Simon’s The Capeman presented by The Public Theater, and Pirate (also by John Patrick Shanley) at Vassar/New York Stage.

The Broadway company also features Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood as Roxie Hart (through Aug. 2), Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Chicago has set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Leslie Stifelman.

The revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's 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 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 original cast members Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original 1975 production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.

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