Will Richard Chamberlain Join Broadway's Chicago?

News   Will Richard Chamberlain Join Broadway's Chicago?
Has the Broadway production of Kander and Ebb's Chicago found its next Billy Flynn?

Norm Lewis, who currently portrays the slick lawyer in the Tony-winning revival, told Playbill On-Line columnist Wayman Wong, "I’m doing Chicago until March 21; then I think Richard Chamberlain comes in." A spokesperson for the musical could not confirm the casting.

Should Chamberlain join the musical, he will be the latest in a string of high profile Flynns. Others who have played the role in this revival include the Tony-winning original James Naughton, who recently returned for a limited engagement; "Six Feet Under"'s Michael C. Hall; film star Patrick Swayze; former Backstreet Boys singer Kevin Richardson; and theatre veteran Brent Barrett.

Richard Chamberlain starred in the ill-fated musical Breakfast at Tiffany's. His Broadway credits include The Night of the Iguana, Blithe Spirit, My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Also a star of film and television, he is the recipient of four Emmy Award nominations for his performances in "The Count of Monte Cristo," "Shogun," "The Thorn Birds" and "Wallenberg: A Hero's Story."

Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.

On Broadway, Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th Street.

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