Breaking News: Just Call Her Mama- REAL HOUSEWIVES Star NeNe Leakes Will Return to Broadway in CHICAGO!
She's back! BroadwayWorld has just learned that Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome actress and TV sensation NeNe Leakes (Bravo's "The Real Housewives of Atlanta") returning to Broadway for 4 weeks only in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton beginningNovember 23, 2015. She will perform through December 20, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).
NeNe Leakes shot to stardom as a fan favorite on Bravo's highly-rated reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." She returns to Broadway after making her stage debut last year in the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother 'Madame' in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Leakes made her acting debut in the recurring role of Coach Roz Washington, on Fox's hit comedy "Glee", appearing over four seasons. She has guest-starred on BET's comedies, "Real Husbands of Hollywood," "The Game" and "Let's Stay Together" and appeared as a series regular on Ryan Murphy's comedy series "The New Normal" for NBC. She also appeared on the Emmy nominated "Dancing with the Stars" for ABC. Due to Leakes' versatility as a reality star, talk show host an actress, at one point, Leakes appeared on four different TV shows at the same time, showcasing her skills as a well-rounded talent. She also made headlines when she performed with the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity in Las Vegas. She was the first celebrity cast member in the thirty year history of the Cirque franchise's history. In addition to her acting credits, NeNe Leakes is also a published author and has appeared as a guest host for several talk shows that include E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" coverage of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, "Live with Kelly and Michael," "The View" and "The Real."
Chicago currently stars actress and "Dancing with the Stars" winner Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (thru Nov. 1 only), international stage sensation Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart,NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
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