Ruthie Henshall to Return to Broadway's Chicago

News   Ruthie Henshall to Return to Broadway's Chicago
Olivier Award winner Ruthie Henshall, who created the role of Roxie Hart in the original cast of the London revival of Chicago, will repeat her work for New York audiences beginning April 26.

Ruthie Henshall will star in Marguerite.
Ruthie Henshall will star in Marguerite. Photo by Ben Strothmann

Henshall was previously seen in the long-running revival of the Kander and Ebb musical at the Ambassador Theatre in the role of Velma Kelly. The acclaimed singing actress is scheduled to play the role of the merry murderess through June 13, according to a production spokesperson.

Prior to Henshall's arrival, the New York cast of Chicago will welcome the return of Biana Marroquin to the role of Hart, April 15-25. (Michelle Williams is Roxie through April 13.)

In other Broadway Chicago casting news: "Gossip Girl" star Matthew Settle will now make his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn for an eight-week engagement beginning April 19, and Terri White (Finian's Rainbow) makes her debut as Matron "Mama" Morton April 26.

Ruthie Henshall was last seen in the West End in the title role of the Michel Legrand/Boublil and Schonberg musical Marguerite at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Other West End credits include the original London casts of the import of Broadway's Crazy for You (Prince Edward Theatre, 1993), She Loves Me (Savoy Theatre, 1994, winning the Laurence Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical) and Chicago (playing Roxie Hart at the Adelphi, 1997). She also starred in the British premiere of Peggy Sue Got Married (Shaftesbury Theatre, 2001) and took over leading roles in Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Oliver! and The Woman in White. Henshall has been seen on Broadway in Miss Saigon, Chicago (playing Velma Kelly) and Putting It Together.

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.

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