A great, big Broadway season is on its way, with fourteen productions already slated to open in the next few months. With several weeks until the craziness begins, there is still plenty of time to catch up on what's been going on at Broadway's already occupied theaters .
BroadwayWorld will be profiling the hits of the Great White Way that continue to draw crowds after months, years, and (in some cases) decades. Meet the current cast of Broadway's CHICAGO below!
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it shows no sign of ever slowing down! Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
The original revial cast featured Ann Reinking as Roxie Hart, Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly, Joel Grey as Amos Hart and James Naughton as Billy Flynn. Notable replacements have included: Usher, Christopher Sieber, Charlotte d'Amboise, Michael C. Hall, Roz Ryan, Jerry Springer, Brooke Shields, Debra Monk, Patrick Swayze, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kevin Richardson, Melora Hardin, Gretchen Mol, Rita Wilson, Alan Thicke, Melanie Griffith, Taye Diggs, Carol Woods,Chandra Wilson, John O'Hurley, Christine Pedi, Ashlee Simpson, Adam Pascal, Amy Spanger, Leigh Zimmerman, Wendy Williams, Samantha Harris, Marilu Henner, Jeff McCarthy, Philip Casnoff, Ruthie Henshall, Christie Brinkley,Tony Yazbeck, Kara DioGuardi, and Sofía Vergara.
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.
Bianca Marroquin, originally from Mexico, made her Broadway in 2002 with this role. Other Broadway Credits: Daniela in In the Heights, Carmen in The Pajama Game. Regional credits: And the World Goes Round at Barrington Stage, Bye Bye Birdie at North Shore. Theatre in Mexico: Disney's Mary Poppins and Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music, Rent, Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, Vagina Monolgues. Awards: 2004 Helen Hayes Award for the Chicago National Tour, IRNE Award for her role in Bye Bye Birdie, Premios Heraldo for Chicago in Mexico. Television: "One Life to Live," Judge on "Mira Quien Baila" (Univision) and "Pequenos Gigantes" (Televisa). Follow on Twitter @biancamarroquin.
Returns to Broadway after playing Velma in Chicago in the West End, Adelphi Theatre ('05) Cambridge Theatre ('06-'08); Civic Theatre, Johannesburg; and Arts Theatre, Cape Town ('05, '08) (Naledi and Fleur du Cap Awards) in addition to European and UK tours, a concert production in Marbella and both 10th Anniversary productions (Broadway & West End). Other theatrical credits include Vi Moore in Footloose (UK tour), Sandy in Grease at the Johannesburg Superbowl, Sheila in A Chorus Line (Civic Theatre, Jo'burg), Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (Guild Theatre, London) and Viva Sun City (Extravaganza Theatre, Sun City). Amra-Faye has written and performed many one-woman shows, including It's Not Where I Start, Drinks on Me and Rouge Pulp, and starred in numerous musical extravaganzas worldwide. Her many commercial credits include soloist for SPAR International (Sun City Superbowl) and for the South African VIP Gala at the Sydney Olympics, and guest artist for World-Cup Rugby Gala.
Chicago marks Fitzgerald's sixth Broadway show. In addition to his Tony-nominated performances in Finian's Rainbow and Young Frankenstein, he also appeared in Amour (Drama Desk nomination), Wicked and most recently, The Merchant of Venice. His numerous Off-Broadway credits include Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme (Lincoln Center), Saturday Night (Second Stage Theatre, DramaDesk nomination), Wise Guys (New York Theatre Workshop), Corpus Christi (Manhattan Theatre Club) and The Cripple of Inishmaan (Public Theater).
PAUL C. VOGT
Broadway: Hairspray (Edna Turnblad). Regional: replaced Harvey Fierstein in Vegas Hairspray, he's the only male to play Ursula in Disney's Little Mermaid (MUNY), Laurel & Hardy (Falcon Theatre - West Coast Premiere), Idaho (Forestburgh - World Premiere) Funny Thing...Forum (Paper Mill), Hairspray (NSMT, Sacramento, MUNY, PCLO, TUTs), Disney's Aladdin (Tuacahn), Minsky's (Ahmanson - World Premiere). Film: Valentine's Day, Princess Diaries 2, Good Boy, Lilo & Stitch 2, Raising Helen. TV: "MADtv", "Rerun Show", "Raising Hope", "Glee," Grey's Anatomy," Hannah Montana," Arrested Development," Reno 911," Maximum Bob." Twitter:@therealpaulvogt & www.paulcvogt.com
Matron "Mama" Morton
Broadway/Tour: Chicago, Full Monty, One Mo Time, Follies, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Stepping Out, Goodbye Girl, Grind, Big River, The Crucible. London: Blues in the Night (Olivier Nomination), Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Film: Steam, Across The Universe, Honeymooners, Sweet and Lowdown, Stepping Out, Television: The Practice, Third Watch, Law & Order, Parent Hood (Series Regular). www.carolwoodsonline.com
Broadway debut. Opera: Turandot, L'Elisir D'Amore, Carmen, Così fan Tutti, Marriage of Figaro. Favorite musicals include Brigadoon, A Little Night Music and Candide. Many thanks to KV, BB, BW and family.
DONNA MARIE ASBURY
Donna Marie made her B'way debut at age 11 in the revival of GYPSY starring Angela Lansbury. Next she played Terry Turner in the Stephen Sondheim/Harold Prince musical MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG. At age 19, Ms. Asbury was chosen by Mr. Prince to portray Eva Peron in the national tour of EVITA (the youngest actress ever to perform the role). Other B'way: SMILE, JEROME ROBBINS' BROADWAY. Other nat'l tours: CHICAGO (Velma Kelly). Favorite Role: Cleve's wife. Favorite production: Daughter, Jacqueline.
Nicole has performed on and off Broadway and has done several National tours as well as many regional productions. She is thrilled to be here and thanks God and family for life and living.
David Bushman is honored to be making his Broadway debut with Chicago. French prod. and nat'l tours of Chicago (Dance Capt, Ensemble, Amos u/s). Re-staged the current nat'l tour. Love and gratitude to friends and family.
Broadway: Curtains, Oklahoma!, Chicago. Tours: Annie, A Chorus Line (Europe), Spamalot (Germany), Chicago (Japan). Outside the cellblock, Jenn is a digital artist & retoucher. www.thepixelcake.com
Broadway: Chicago, White Christmas. National tour: Young Frankenstein (Inga). NY: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!). Regional: Gretchen in Boeing-Boeing, Bambi Bernet in Curtains (both at Paper Mill Playhouse), Shelby in Steel Magnolias (North Carolina Theatre), Polly Baker in Crazy For You (Sacramento Music Circus), Elle Woods in Legally Blonde, Natalie in All Shook Up (both at Music Theatre of Wichita), Hope in Anything Goes (Taipei National Theatre). Television: "Royal Pains," "A Gifted Man" and "Law & Order: SVU." BFA, University of Michigan. annehorak.com
Adam Jepsen is 'jazzed' to be doing Chicago. Broadway: Cinderella (Original Broadway Cast). Tour: Wizard of Oz (Scarecrow). Regional: MUNY, Ogunquit Playhouse. BFA: Penn State University. Gratitude: Duncan Stewart & Co. and the Chicago creative team. For Rosie. www.AdamJepsen.com
Standby Mary Sunshine
J.Loeffelholz is thrilled to be a part of this amazing production for the past 17 years. Original revival cast (Richard Rodgers, Shubert, Ambassador theatres). Many thanks to everyone!!
Nathan Madden is thrilled to make his Broadway debut. Tours/other credits: Come Fly Away, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Fall for Dance (City Center), BJM DANSE. Juilliard (BFA09). Eternally grateful to God, for getting to live this dream! 1 Corinthians 15:10
MELISSA RAE MAHON
Broadway: The Producers (Usherette, Ulla u/s), 42nd Street, Cats(Cassandra), Sound of Music, Radio City Rockette, Irving Berlin's White Christmas in Boston (Rita). Point Park University Graduate. Four national commercials running - keep your eye out for me!
Broadway credits: Fosse; Once Upon a Mattress; Hello, Dolly! (with Channing). Also, Oh, Kay!; Encores! Golden Boy; Radio City productions, South Pacific.
Broadway: Promises, Promises; The Pirate Queen; Beauty and the Beast; Annie Get Your Gun; Steel Pier. International tour: Spamalot. Signature Theatre: Kander & Ebb's The Visit.
Denny Pashcall is excited to return to Chicago. Credits include: Beauty and the Beast, Shrek, Anyone Can Whistle, Sondheim: The Birthday Concert. Love to my families in Denver and LA. Special thanks to Haven and Hudson -- you guys are the best.
Broadway: Pippin (Astaire Nom.), Fosse, ...Forum, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Jelly's Last Jam, Will Rogers' Follies, Sweet Charity, Big Deal. Nat'l Tour: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, Smokey Joe's Cafe. "...unmerited favor."
JASON PATRICK SANDS
Broadway: A Chorus Line (Don), Legally Blonde, The Producers. National Tour: Chicago (Billy Flynn). Film and television: Kinsey, The Producers, "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Much love and thanks to Mom and Dad, Mamaw and Papaw.
Brian Spitulnik holds a BFA from the University of Michigan and a MFA from Columbia University. Winner of the Hopwood Award for Nonfiction, Brian is the author of McSweeney's "The Chorus Boy Chronicles;" "A Good Boy;" "Angels, Twice Descending" and "Hollywood and Vine," a new TV drama.
Tonya Wathen has dance captained or assisted on the national tours of Jersey Boys; Sweet Charity; Chicago and Hello, Dolly!. Nat'l Tour credits: Beauty and the Beast, Chicago (Roxie), We Will Rock You. TV: "VH1 Divas Live" and FX's "Rescue Me."
Broadway: Shrek, White Christmas. Regional: Tennessee PAC, Paper Mill, Sacramento Music Circus, St. Paul Ordway, KC Starlight, Kennedy Center. BFA: Drama, NYU's Tisch CAP21. Thanks to family, friends and H/H. For Marga.
NY Performing credits: Contact, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wedding Singer, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, The Producers (movie), Alvin Ailey (Memoria). Producing credits: Driving Miss Daisy, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, The Color Purple (Tony nom.), Legally Blonde the Musical.