James T. Lane, who was seen in the Broadway and London productions of The Scottsboro Boys, returns to the cast of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago November 17 at the Ambassador Theatre. After recently starring in the long-running revival as Billy Flynn, Lane is returning as Amos Hart. Lane has previously played that role too, in 2009.
Lane is starting his run earlier than expected. The stage favorite was originally announced to begin November 21.
Lane has also been seen on Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate; King Kong the Musical; and A Chorus Line; the national tours of Ain’t Too Proud and Jersey Boys; and his Off-Broadway solo show Triple Threat.
The current cast of Chicago, which just celebrated its 27th anniversary on Broadway, features Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Kimberly Marable as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
The ensemble includes David Bushman, Max Clayton, Christine Cornish, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Denny Paschall, Khori Michele Petinaud, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, and Michael Scirrotto.
The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year.
Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than
34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38
countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the
second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently
closed The Phantom of the Opera).
With a book by the 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 by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.
The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.