Meet the Current Cast of CHICAGO on Broadway!
The names on everybody's lips!
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. Since the revival opened on Broadway in 1996, it has played over 9300 performances at Richard Rodgers Theatre, the Shubert Theatre, and now the Ambassador Theatre.
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.
Many seem to forget that this production is a revival that transferred from the City Center Encores! series in 1996, becoming an instant hit. The revival's first cast featured Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth and Joel Grey. Now time to see what all that jazz is about with the current 2019 cast.
Desi Oakley (Roxie Hart):
Fresh off of baking around the country as the original Jenna in the national tour of Waitress, Desi is thrilled to rock Chicago! Broadway credits include Wicked, Annie, Les Misérables. National tour credits include Wicked, Evita, Waitress. Desi's new original album "Repeat" can be found on iTunes and all streaming platforms. She was raised in Wichita, KS, and is a proud graduate of the University of Michigan. Thank you, Barry, Ted + Rach, MG, CL, family + friends.
Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly):
Amra-Faye Wright has played this role worldwide since 2001, and on Broadway and the West End since 2005, including both 10th anniv. productions, and in Japan in Japanese. She received the Naledi and Fleur du Cap Awards (South Africa's Tony equivalent). Credits include: UK: Vi Moore/Footloose; South Africa: Sandy/Grease, Sheila/A Chorus Line, Mother Superior/Nunsense, Jack/Jack and the Beanstalk, Mrs. Darling/Peter Pan, Star/Viva Sun City, Lead/Elvis Las Vegas (Vita Award) and musical extravaganzas throughout the world. Solo shows include It's Not Where I Start (Vita Award), Drinks on Me, Rouge Pulp (Vita Award), Sittin' on Top of the World. Guest appearances: SPAR Int'l, VIP Gala, Sydney Olympics, World-Cup Rugby/Jo'burg Phil. Orch., AquABBA / Cape Phil Orch.
Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart):
Raymond Bokhour made his Broadway debut with Chicago in 2001 (Helen Hayes Best Actor nom.). National tour: Da in Once. Film: Man on the Moon, Changing Lanes, I'm with Lucy. Television: "30 Rock," "Flight of the Conchords," "Saturday Night Live," "Third Watch," "The Job," "Law & Order." Also, a composer recorded by London Symphony, Warsaw and Moravian Philharmonics, and performed at Carnegie Recital Hall. He is co-author of The Suicide: A Musical Comedy, directed in concert at Barrington Stage by John Rando.
Ryan Silverman (Billy Flynn):
Ryan Silverman received a Best Actor Drama Desk nomination for Side Show on Broadway. Other New York credits include Passion (Drama Desk and Drama League nominations), The Phantom of the Opera and Cry-Baby. Other credits: Ragtime (TUTS), A Sign of the Times (Delaware Theatre Company), Into the Woods (MUNY), Camelot(Kennedy Center), West Side Story (Olivier-nominated production). TV/film: "Suits," "The Good Fight," "Gossip Girl," Sex and the City 2, "True Blood." Concert performances: The New York Pops (Carnegie Hall), Philadelphia Orchestra, The Cincinnati Pops, Houston Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Seattle Symphony and more.
NaTasha Yvette Williams (Matron "Mama" Morton):
Last seen in Show Boat (Queenie), NY Philharmonic. Broadway: A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha, Joplinaire), The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Mariah), The Color Purple (Sofia). Featured vocalist/concerts: Carnegie Hall (Irving Berlin), Avery Fisher Hall (Ragtime), Indianapolis Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Naples Philharmonic, Ottawa Symphony, just to name a few. NaTasha is also a recording artist.
R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine):
Happy to be celebrating 10 years in this incredible role! Opera: Turandot, L'Elisir D'Amore, Carmen, Così fan tutee, Marriage of Figaro. Favorite musicals include Brigadoon, A Little Night Music and Candide.
Nili Bassman (Hunyak):
Broadway: Curtains (OBC), Never Gonna Dance (OBC), The Addams Family (workshop). Off-Broadway: Church & State. TV/film credits include: "Shades of Blue," "The Christmas Tree." Proud Mom of e & t. Love you, E.
Eddie Bennet (Swing):
Proud cast member of Chicago, choreographer/dancer for pop star Debbie Gibson, co-host of the weekly podcast #BookendBaldies (now on iTunes). Thanks to my creator, lucky star & family.
David Bushman (Swing, Dance Captain):
David Bushman is honored to be a part of this company. International and national tours: Chicago (Dance Captain/Ensemble). Staged last two national tours. Much gratitude to friends, family, Mary S., Juanita, John.
Gary Cooper (Judge, Doctor, u/s Billy, u/s Fred Casely):
Broadway: Aladdin (Ensemble, Razoul u/s). National Tours: Aladdin (Ensemble, Aladdin u/s). Proud graduate of CCM. Thanks to my family, DGRW, and my graduating class.
Jennifer Dunne (Swing):
Broadway: Curtains, Oklahoma!, Chicago. Tours: Annie, A Chorus Line, Spamalot (Germany). NYU grad. Outside the cellblock, Jennifer is a digital retoucher. Love to family and husband, Booth.
Jessica Ernest (Go-To-Hell Kitty / u/s Roxie):
Broadway debut! National tour: The Producers (Ulla). Regional: ATP, MTWest, Musicals Tonight, Moonlight, 3DTheatricals, Jubilee. BFA Point Park University. Endless gratitude to my dazzling family and friends, Stewart/Whitley and SW Artists.
Dan Gutierrez (Swing):
Broadway: Chicago. Tours: Chicago, A Christmas Carol. N.Y.: Lincoln Center, MMAC, The Pitt, Town Hall. TV/film: 2016 Tony Awards, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade," "The View," "Law & Order." Regional: Mary Poppins, Thoroughly Modern Millie,Starlight Express, West Side Story, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof. A Wisconsin cheese-head at heart.
Mary Claire King (Liz, u/s Velma Kelly):
J. London (Standby Mary Sunshine):
Broadway debut! National tours: Cats, Chicago. Regional: Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, Chicago with RCCL. Education: Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Roosevelt University. Professor of Voice at NCC. Endlessly grateful to the Chicago Team, Duncan Stewart, Kathy and Encompass Arts, Mom & Dad, family, voice teachers. For my 7 munchkins!
Barrett Martin (Sergeant Fogarty):
Barrett Martin has an extensive career in NYC encompassing 9 Broadway shows, multiple tours, various TV/film. Thanks to Rikky @ The Hybrid, and endless support of friends and family.
Pilar Millhollen (June, u/s Velma Kelly, u/s Matron "Mama" Morton):
Pilar Millhollen is happy to be back at Chicago! Pilar also holds an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and pastors at All Souls Bethlehem Church, a multicultural progressive congregation in Brooklyn. Love to David.
Sharon Moore (Swing):
Drew Nellessen (Country Clerk, Bailiff):
Broadway debut! Tours: Chicago, West Side Story. Other: Kennedy, Goodspeed, Sacramento, Goodman, The Muny. TV: "General Hospital." Thanks: educators, family, friends, Chicago team, CTG. For Mom and Dad. Dreams Come True!!!
Beth Johnson Nicely (Mona):
Broadway: Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, White Christmas, Bullets Over Broadway, Something Rotten! 1st National: 42nd Street. Rockette. TV: "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Saturday Night Live," "30 Rock." Love to Adam and Mom!
Brian O'Brien (Fred Casely, u/s Billy Flynn):
Broadway: Promises, Promises; The Pirate Queen; Beauty and the Beast; Annie Get Your Gun; Steel Pier. First national tour: Spamalot. TV: "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." Hometown: Monmouth Beach, NJ. B.S., Marketing: Seton Hall University.
Jermaine R. Rembert (Martin Harrison):
Broadway: Memphis, La Cage aux Folles, Oklahoma!, Swing! Concerts: "On the Twentieth Century," "Funny Girl," "Chance & Chemistry." Other: Disney's Freaky Friday(Associate Choreographer), My Paris, The Bandwagon, The Will Rogers Follies, "Live from Lincoln Center: Camelot."
Rachel Schur (Annie, u/s Roxie, u/s Matron "Mama" Morton):
Beyond happy to be a part of this company! Broadway: Jersey Boys. Tours: A Chorus Line, FAME!, Jersey Boys. TV/Film: "Mozart in the Jungle." Forever grateful for my family, friends, Stewart Whitley, Greg and MSA!
Michael Scirrotto (Harry / The Jury):
NY: "Live from Lincoln Center: Camelot." National Tours: A Chorus Line, West Side Story. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed, Barrington Stage, Maltz & Northern Stage. International: Tokyo Disney. Proud graduate of Dreyfoos S.O.A. & New World S.O.A. This one is for me.
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