It's Ryan Silverman for the Defense Once Again on Broadway, Starting Tonight

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Drama Desk Award nominee Ryan Silverman returns to the role of star defense attorney Billy Flynn in the long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago Sept. 2 at the Ambassador Theatre.
Ryan Silverman
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Silverman received his second Drama Desk nomination for his starring role in Side Show on Broadway. Other Broadway credits include Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera and Cry-Baby. Other credits: Passion (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), Into the Woods (MUNY), Camelot, alongside Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kennedy Center) and West Side Story (Olivier-nominated production).

Chicago also currently stars Dylis Croman as Roxie Hart (Rumer Willis starts Sept. 14), Carly Hughes (through Sept. 4) as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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.

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