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THE VISIT's Jason Danieley Will Be Broadway's Next 'Billy Flynn' in CHICAGO

THE VISIT's Jason Danieley Will Be Broadway's Next 'Billy Flynn' in CHICAGOBroadwayWorld has just learned that the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome Jason Danieley in the role of Billy Flynn beginning Tuesday, October 13 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). Ryan Silverman will play his final performance in the role on Monday, October 12.

Prior to starting performances in Chicago, Mr. Danieley will perform his cabaret ROMANTIC NOTIONS at Feinstein's / 54 Below, October 2-5 at 7pm.

He last appeared on Broadway in THE VISIT. His other Broadway credits include NEXT TO NORMAL, CURTAINS (Outer Critics Circle nomination), THE FULL MONTY (also London's West End) and CANDIDE (Drama Desk nomination). His off-Broadway credits include FLOYD COLLINS, A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, DREAM TRUE, STRIKE UP THE BAND and TROJAN WOMEN. Regional credits include CAN-CAN (Papermill), SECONDHAND LIONS (5th Avenue), SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE (Chicago Shakes, Jeff nom.), THE HIGHEST YELLOW (Hayes Award winner), PBS Concerts: SOUTH PACIFIC (Carnegie), CAROUSEL (NYPhil), RING THEM BELLS: THE MUSIC OF KANDER & EBB, SONDHEIM! THE BIRTHDAY CONCERT (NYPhil), as well as extensive symphonic, cabaret and concert hall appearances around the world plus many albums. For more information visit www.JasonDanieley.com.

CHICAGO also 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, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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. 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.

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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