Jerry Springer May Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago

News   Jerry Springer May Join Cast of Broadway's Chicago
Talk-show host Jerry Springer, who recently played a limited run in the London cast of Kander and Ebb's Chicago, may join the Tony-winning revival of that acclaimed musical next month.
Jerry Springer
Jerry Springer Photo by Universal TV Talk Productions

The New York Times reports that Springer is currently in talks to repeat his work as Billy Flynn for New York audiences at the Ambassador Theatre. A spokesperson for the production could not confirm the casting.

Springer also told the New York daily that he will play week-long runs in Chicago in Atlanta and Philadelphia. In fact, Philadelphia's Kimmel Center website is currently advertising his appearance, which is scheduled for Sept. 15-20 at the Academy of Music.

At a London press event, Springer previously said, "Who wouldn't want to be on Broadway, just like who wouldn't want to be on the West End? Let's see how comfortable I am doing this, but it's not beyond imagination that if this works well and I'm really enjoying it, to do a stint in this role. I understand why they asked me. 99.9 percent of the roles in theory you wouldn't even think of me – but with this role, I don't think it's a stretch for the public to suddenly see me doing that. Whether its the lawyer thing, the Chicago thing, the entertainment thing, it all kind of works – I 'get' Billy Flynn."

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 219 West 49th Street.

The long-running musical celebrated its 12th anniversary and its 5,000th performance on Broadway Nov. 14, 2008.

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