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CHICAGO Announces Additional Offerings For TALKBACK TUESDAYS

The Broadway company of CHICAGO is pleased to announce additional offerings for its expanded "Talkback Tuesdays" program, the new series offering a post-show discussion and audience Q&A session with members of the Broadway company of the record-breaking hit musical.

Designed to provide theatergoers with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the world of CHICAGO, the next two "Talkback Tuesdays" offerings are set for Tuesday, January 20, 2009 with Tony Award winner and the revival's original Amos Hart, Joel Grey, followed by Tuesday, January 27, 2009 with a second talkback featuring Broadway's newest Roxie Hart and star of NBC's hit comedy "The Office," Melora Hardin.

(Hardin first participated in the "Talkback Tuesdays" series on January 6 to much success.)

A 1996 Drama Desk Award winner for his performance as Amos Hart in the revival of CHICAGO, Joel Grey made his Broadway debut in 1961 in Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn. Since then, his Broadway credits include Stop the World I Want to Get Off, Half a Sixpence, Cabaret (Tony Award), George M! (Tony nomination), Goodtime Charlie (Tony nomination), The Grand Tour (Tony nomination) and Wicked.

Grey received the Academy Award, the Golden Globe and the British Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1972 film version of Cabaret, directed by Bob Fosse. He is one of only eight actors to have won both the Tony and Academy Award for the same role.

His other film credits include Frank Perry's Man on a Swing; Robert Altman's Buffalo Bill and the Indians; Herbert Ross's The Seven Percent Solution; Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (Golden Globe Nomination); Steven Soderbergh's Kafka; Altman's The Player; Phillip Haas's The Music of Chance; Michael Ritchie's adaptation of The Fantasticks; Lars von Trier's Dancer in the Dark; and Clark Gregg's Choke, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.

His recent television appearances include "Alias," "Crossing Jordan," "Brooklyn Bridge" (Emmy nomination), "OZ," "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," "House," "Brothers & Sisters" and "Private Practice."

The January 20 "Talkback Tuesdays" offering with Grey will be moderated by CHICAGO's Tony Award-winning director, Walter Bobbie.

Melora Hardin is currently making her Broadway stage debut as Roxie Hart for a seven-week limited engagement through Thursday, February 12, 2009.

Best known to television audiences for her role as Jan Levenson, Steve Carell's rigid former boss and love interest on NBC's "The Office," Hardin's impressive career spans a variety of mediums, including numerous television series, several films, two CDs, live concerts... and now Broadway.

In addition to "The Office," Hardin is also known for portraying Tony Shaloub's dead wife in the hit USA Network series "Monk." On the big screen, she will next star in the film Seventeen Again, opposite Zac Efron, which is slated for theatrical release in April 2009.

She also recently wrapped filming in Nashville as the love-interest to Billy Ray Cyrus in the highly anticipated big-screen feature Hannah Montana: The Movie, which also hits theaters this April.

The January 27 "Talkback Tuesdays" offering with Hardin will be moderated by Duncan Stewart, the casting director for CHICAGO.

Tickets for both "Talkback Tuesdays" performances are available by calling at 212-239-6200.

Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office, located at 219 W. 49th St. Regular Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Now celebrating twelve glorious years of girls, glitz and glamour on the Great White Way, the record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO is currently the eighth longest-running production in Broadway history, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival...and it shows no sign of ever slowing down!

With a 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.

CHICAGO is directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, and features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. The production also features orchestrations by Ralph Burns, supervising music direction by Rob Fisher and music direction by Leslie Stifelman.

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