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John O'Hurley to Head into Chicago in January 2006

John O'Hurley, best known to "Seinfeld" fans as the velvet-voiced catalogue mogul J. Peterman, will be the next to play equally smooth lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. He will succeed Clarke Peters in the role on January 16th, with the stint lasting through March 26th.

O'Hurley, who was the winner of the hit reality show "Dancing with the Stars," has appeared in dozens of TV shows, TV movies and feature films. His credits include SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle for Bikini Bottom (as the voice of King Neptune), "The Mullets," "Tarzan & Jane," Teddy Bears' Picnic, "Cursed," Love Stinks, Slammed, "General Hospital," "Santa Barbara" and "The Young and the Restless." He has made guest appearances on "Duck Dodgers," "Father of the Bride," "Sabrina the Teenage Witch," "Son of the Beach," and many more. He has also appeared in national tours of such shows as Brigadoon, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and The Pirates of Penzance.

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. Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.

The revival of Chicago currently stars Brooke Shields as Roxie Hart, Luba Mason as Velma Kelly, P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart and Debra Monk as Matron "Mama" Morton. On October 31st, Charlotte D'Amboise will once again play Roxie, and Robin Givens will succeed her in the role on January 16th, 2006. 

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