Shayne, who has been a standby for the role of Roxie Hart in the Broadway production of the Kander and Ebb musical, is scheduled to perform the part of the merry murderess through May 18, according to a spokesperson for the production.
Shayne will play opposite the Velma Kelly of Brenda Braxton. Others in the current cast include B.J. Crosby as Matron “Mama” Morton, Clarke Peters as Billy Flynn, D. Sabella as Mary Sunshine and P. J. Benjamin as Amos Hart. (R&B singer Angie Stone replaces B.J. Crosby as “Mama” on April 14.)
Tracy Shayne made her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning musical A Chorus Line. She also played Christine in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, and she succeeded Judy Kuhn in the role of Cosette in the Broadway company of Les Misérables.
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.
Chicago plays Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 2 and 7 PM. (Beginning April 14, Chicago will play Tuesdays at 8 PM, Wednesdays at 2 and 8 PM, Thursday and Fridays at 8 PM, Saturdays at 2 and 8 PM and Sundays at 3 PM. Beginning April 27, Sunday performances will be held at 6:30 PM only.) The Ambassador Theatre is located at 215 West 49th Street. For ticket information, call Telecharge at (212) 239-6200 or visit www.telecharge.com.