The actress, who received a Tony Award nomination for her role as Matron "Mama" Morton in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago, will return to that role in August. Bryan, who was also Tony nominated for her work in the Grease! revival, will replace Roz Ryan in the national tour of Chicago. Ryan departs the tour after its stop in Houston to begin filming the new WB sitcom "All About the Andersons." Bryan will play three engagements on the tour: San Francisco, Costa Mesa and Chicago. She begins Aug. 4 in San Francisco and plays through Sept. 26 in Chicago. Marcia Lewis has starred on Broadway in Chicago, Grease!, Fiddler on the Roof, Orpheus Descending, Roza, Rags, Annie and Hello, Dolly! She was part of the pre-Broadway tour of Tommy Tune's Busker Alley as well as the national tours of Cabaret, 42nd Street and Woman of the Year.
Directed by Walter Bobbie with choreography by Ann Reinking — in the style of Bob Fosse — the national tour of Chicago currently stars Bianca Marroquin and Brenda Braxton as, respectively, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Gregory Harrison, who recently played the role of Billy Flynn on Broadway, plays the slick lawyer on tour with Ray Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Bean as Mary Sunshine.
Chicago won the Tony 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 Rob Marshall-directed film of “Chicago” won this year’s Academy Award for Best Film.