The Tony-winning, record-breaking revival of Chicago saw a host of cast changes April 10 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre.
Olivia Holt, recently seen in the Hulu series Cruel Summer, made 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. The hit revival also welcomed Kimberly Marable and Liam Fennecken as well as the return of Charity Angél Dawson and Erich Bergen.
Marable (Hadestown, The Lion King) stepped into the role of Velma Kelly, Fennecken (School of Rock national tour) made his Broadway debut as Amos Hart, Dawson (Mrs. Doubtfire, Waitress) returned to the part of Matron "Mama" Morton, and Bergen (Madam Secretary, Waitress) again took over the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn, also through June 4.
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.
Watch Holt, Marable, Fennecken, Dawson, and Bergen—as well as the entire Chicago company—take their curtain call following the April 10 performance in the video above.
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.