The Tony-winning, record-breaking revival of Chicago sees a host of cast changes April 10 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.
Olivia Holt, recently seen in the Hulu series Cruel Summer, makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart. The actor, whose credits also include Cloak and Dagger and Kickin' It, is scheduled to play a limited engagement through June 4.
Marable (Hadestown, The Lion King) steps into the role of Velma Kelly, Fennecken (School of Rock national tour) makes his Broadway debut as Amos Hart, Dawson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Waitress) returns to the part of Matron "Mama" Morton, and Bergen (Madam Secretary, Waitress) again takes over the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, also through June 4.
These actors succeed Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, Hailey Swindal as Matron “Mama” Morton, and James T. Lane as Billy Flynn.
The Broadway company also currently features R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine plus ensemble members David Bushman, Christine Cornish, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien, Denny Paschall, Jermaine R. Rembert, Rachel Schur, 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 played in 36 countries and been seen by 33 million people worldwide. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after 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 ARC.
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.