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Amra-Faye Wright Returns to Broadway's CHICAGO Tonight


Tonight, February 2, 2012, Broadway's hit revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning musical CHICAGO welcomes back worldwide stage sensation and audience favorite Amra-Faye Wright in the starring role of merry murderess Velma Kelly.

A celebrated CHICAGO veteran for over ten years, Amra-Faye Wright returns to Broadway directly from the West End, where she re-opened the London production at the Garrick Theatre last November.

Her performance as Velma Kelly has not only been seen on Broadway and in the West End, but also on tour in the U.S., Europe and United Kingdom; multiple engagements in her native South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town); and a recent four-week engagement in Japan, where she performed the role in Japanese.

Wright's other theatrical credits include Vi Moore in Footloose (UK tour), Sandy in Grease (Johannesburg Superbowl), Sheila in A Chorus Line (Civic Theatre, Johannesburg) and Mother Superior in Nunsense! (Sneddon, Durban), as well as regional productions of Peter Pan, Jack and the Beanstalk, Viva Sun City, Elvis Las Vegas and numerous musical extravaganzas throughout the world.

In other CHICAGO casting news, by popular demand, Latino star Marco Zunino has extended his limited engagement as Billy Flynn through Sunday, March 4, and Mexican stage and screen sensation Bianca Marroquin has extended her limited run as Roxie Hart through Thursday, April 5.

CHICAGO also stars Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.

As previously announced, world-renowned supermodel Christie Brinkley returns to the Broadway production in the role of Roxie Hart on Friday, April 6. Brinkley will play a three-week limited engagement before making her Broadway national tour debut with CHICAGO this summer.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

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.

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.

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