Debra Monk to Step Into Chicago as Mama Morton on Sept. 6

Debra Monk will return to Broadway on September 6th as Matron Mama Morton in Chicago.

Monk will succeed Carol Woods as the wanton warden in the long-running revival about two murderous chorines who long to make their show biz dreams come true.  Monk has signed on to the show through January 8th, 2006.

Monk is a highly respected actress equally at home in theatre, film and television.  She received a Tony Award for her performance in 1993's Redwood Curtain, and was also nominated for her turns in Picnic and Steel Pier.  Last on Broadway in Reckless, she has also appeared in Thou Shalt Not, Ah, Wilderness!, the Roundabout revival of Company, Nick & Nora, Prelude to a Kiss and Pump Boys and Dinettes; she also originated the role of Sara Jane Moore in Sondheim's Assassins.  An Emmy Award-winner for "NYPD Blue," she has also been seen on screen in Dark Water, Center Stage, The First Wives Club, The Substance of Fire and The Bridges of Madison County; she will appear as a "Little Old Lady Investor" in the upcoming film version of The Producers.

Chicago, which opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14th 1996, has reached a run of over 3,600 performances. Currently at the Ambassador Theatre (215 W. 49th St.), Chicago received 6 1997 Tonys (including Best Revival of a Musical) under the direction of Walter Bobbie and the choreography of star Ann Reinking. The revival, based on Bobbie's stylistically stripped-down Encores! staging, featured direction and choreography by Bob Fosse in its original 1975 production.

The revival of Chicago currently stars Charlotte D'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Luba Mason as Velma Kelly,  P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart, and Christopher McDonald as Billy Flynn; on September 9th, Brooke Shields will take over as Roxie.  

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