PHOTO CALL: Adam Pascal and Christine Pedi Take First Bow in Broadway's Chicago

News   PHOTO CALL: Adam Pascal and Christine Pedi Take First Bow in Broadway's Chicago
The long-running, Tony Award-winning revival of Chicago welcomed Tony Award nominee Adam Pascal and comedic actress Christine Pedi to the company beginning April 8 at the Ambassador Theatre.

Pascal steps into the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, succeeding Christopher Sieber, who concluded his return engagement April 7. Pedi, who is playing a limited 10-week engagement through June 16, is now Cook County Jail's "keeper of the keys," Matron "Mama" Morton; she replaces Carol Woods, who concluded her two-year engagement April 7.

The company also features Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Adam Pascal made his Broadway debut originating the role of Roger in Jonathan Larson's Rent, a role which he also played in the Off-Broadway premiere and later in London, and for which he received a 1996 Tony Award nomination. He also originated the role of Radames in Broadway's Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice. His other Broadway credits include the final Emcee in the Sam Mendes/Rob Marshall production of Cabaret and the final Huey in Memphis. Pedi has a long association with the satirical revue Forbidden Broadway; she received a Drama Desk nomination for Forbidden Hollywood and played both shows in New York, London and around the world. On Broadway she appeared in Talk Radio with Liev Schreiber and Little Me with Martin Short and Faith Prince. Her most recent stage credits include Off-Broadway's NEWSical the Musical and Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage.

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 that house through Jan. 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan. 29, 2003. Read more about the revival in the Playbill Vault.

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 modern classic has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Fosse.

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.

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