Marco Zunino Will Make Broadway Debut in Chicago

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Latin-American star Marco Zunino will make his Broadway debut as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Tony-winning revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Chicago beginning Jan. 16, 2012, at the Ambassador Theatre.

Marco Zunino
Marco Zunino

Zunino will appear for a four-week limited engagement through Feb. 12.

A native of Lima, Peru, Marco Zunino began his acting career at the age of 14, having appeared in several Latin American soap operas and television miniseries. Later, he moved to America to study at New York City's Circle in the Square Theatre School. Upon returning to Lima, Zunino worked steadily starring in television soap operas and miniseries before starring in Latin American productions of Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus), West Side Story (Tony), Rent (Roger) and Cabaret (Emcee), the latter of which earned him Peru's highest acting achievement in 2009. In 2013, he is slated to headline the first-ever Latin American production of The Boy from Oz, based on the life story of singer/songwriter Peter Allen.

The Broadway production of Chicago also currently stars Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Bahiyah Hibah as Velma Kelly, Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn (Dec. 19-Jan. 15), Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton. As previously announced, Raymond Bokhour will appear in the role of Amos Hart  Dec. 19-Jan. 1.

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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 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 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 West 49th Street.

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