We now know who will bring all the jazz back to Broadway in Chicago – Bianca Marroquín. She will lead the long-running musical as Velma Kelly. Tony Award winner Lillias White will play Mama Morton. As previously announced, Chicago will resume Broadway shows at the Ambassador Theatre on September 14. The casting of the roles of Roxie Hart and Billy Flynn will be announced soon.
The cast also features Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Ryan Lowe as Mary Sunshine. The ensemble cast includes David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Jermaine R. Rembert, Mary Claire King, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O’Brien, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Michael Scirrotto, Christine C. Smith and Brian Spitulnik.
Since 2002, Bianca Marroquín has played more than 20 shows on Broadway before joining Chicago. She played roles on tours in Mexico and Chicago. This marked her Velma Kelly debut. As the Tony Award winner of The Life, White returned to Chicago in 2006. She played the role of Mama Morton on Broadway for the first time. White has appeared on Broadway in Barnum, Dreamgirls, Cats, Carrie, Once on This Island, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and Fela!.
In the dazzling decadence of the 1920s, Chicago tells the story of the housewife and nightclub dancer Roxie Hart. She murdered her lover after threatening to leave her. She hired Chicago’s most cunning criminal lawyer, Billy Flynn. He turned her malicious crimes into a series of sensational headlines, thereby deceiving the public, the media, and her hostile inmate Velma. Kelly (Marroquín) is easily torn off by today’s tabloid.
Based on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago features books by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. And music by John Kander. This work is directed by Walter Bobbie, Rob Fisher as the music director, and Fosse-style choreography by Ann Reinking. This work was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1997. It won the Best Revival Award, awards for James Norton and Babe Newerth, lighting design by Ken Billington, and the late Ann Ray Inkin’s choreography and Walter Bobby’s guidance.
Credits: Playbill.com; broadway.com
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