Aladdin Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart, also seen as Hamilton’s Lafayette and Jefferson, will be in Chicago’s Tony Awards revival starting January 17 at the Ambassador Theater, taking the role as the next Billy Flynn.

James Monroe Iglehart to star as Billy Flynn!

James Monroe Iglehart has a long Broadway career before starring as Billy Flynn! They also include Freestyle Love Supreme, Memphis, and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He will join a cast featuring Ana Villafañeas Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, Jennifer Fouché as Mama Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The orchestra includes David Bushman, C. Caballero, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O’Brien, Denny Paschall, Jermaine R. Rembert, Rachel Schur, Michael Scirrotto, Christine Cornish Smith, and Brian Spitulnik.

Creative

Late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.

Revival and stage longevity

The revival of Chicago began in one of the three annual encores! The presentation was provided by the city center. The musical opened at the Richard Rogers Theater on Broadway on November 14, 1996, and lasted until February 1997. The Schubert Theater then hosted the show. And it was performed in the theater before January 26, 2003. The revival reopened the year at the Ambassador Theatre on January 29. It is now the second-longest performance in Broadway history (after the Phantom of the Opera). In the past 25 years, the show has been watched by 33 million people worldwide in 36 different countries.

The current production by Barry and Fran Weisler won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival as well as actors Babe Noyworth and James Norton, directors Bobby, and lighting designers Billington and Reinking. Bob Fosse served as director.

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