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O'Hurley Extends Run in CHICAGO Thru 9/12; d'Amboise, Bokhour et al. Re-Join Cast for Fall

Summer may be winding down, but things are still heating up on Broadway, as the Tony Award-winning, international musical smash CHICAGO announces that stage and screen star John O'Hurley ("Seinfeld," "Dancing with the Stars," Monty Python's Spamalot) has extended his limited engagement as Billy Flynn through Sunday, September 12.

O'Hurley will be joined by two-time Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise (A Chorus Line, Jerome Robbins' Broadway) as Roxie Hart and Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, both of whom re-join the CHICAGO company on Monday, August 30. Later that week, Broadway favorite and longtime CHICAGO veteran Roz Ryan (The Pajama Game, Dreamgirls, TV's "Amen") returns as Matron "Mama" Morton beginning Thursday, September 2. Amra-Faye Wright continues in the role of Velma Kelly.

One of People magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive," John O'Hurley has become one of television's busiest and most versatile actors, show hosts, advertising heroes and feature film stars. The award-winning actor is best known as J. Peterman on "Seinfeld," which is now the #1 syndicated series in 85 countries throughout the world.

O'Hurley danced his way into the hearts of America as the ultimate champion of the highly rated ABC series "Dancing with the Stars." For several seasons he starred as the host of the popular syndicated game show "Family Feud."

He first appeared on Broadway as Billy Flynn in 2006 and has reprised that role with the National Touring company of CHICAGO in recent years. He also starred as King Arthur in the Las Vegas production of Monty Python's Spamalot.

Charlotte d'Amboise made her debut as Roxie Hart in 1997 with the first national tour of CHICAGO. For that performance, she earned the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Ovation Award and the Bay Area Theatre Circle Award. Since then, she has played Roxie Hart more than 2,000 times - more than any other actress in the show's history.

In 2007, d'Amboise was nominated for a Best Featured Actress Tony Award for her performance as Cassie in the revival of A Chorus Line. She received her first Tony Award nomination in 1989 for her performance in Jerome Robbins' Broadway.

Her other Broadway credits include Sweet Charity and Damn Yankees, both of which earned her a Fred Astaire Award; Can-Can with City Center Encores!; Contact; Company; Carrie; Song and Dance and Cats.

Raymond Bokhour made his Broadway debut with CHICAGO in 2001, and was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best Actor. His other theatre includes Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Studio Theatre, DC), Kemp in Vigil (GeVa Theatre), Prentice in What the Butler Saw (Franklin Stage) and the title role in Rameau's Nephew at Portland Stage.

His film credits include Man on the Moon, Ali and Changing Lanes. On television, Bokhour has made guest starring appearance on "Ed," "The Job," "Third Watch," "Law & Order" and most recently "30 Rock."

Also a composer, his music has been recorded by the London Symphony and Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestras and performed at Carnegie RecitAl Hall.

2010 marks Roz Ryan's tenth season in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton. When not performing on Broadway, she is lending her voice to the all-new "Looney Tunes" cartoon series and the Cartoon Network's animated series "The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack," now in its third season.

Her previous Broadway credits include roles in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Pajama Game, One Mo' Time, Dreamgirls, Ain't Misbehavin' and A Christmas Carol.

Television audiences will recognize Roz Ryan as Mae Palmer in "Barbershop" (Showtime), as Mrs. Dixon in "Good News" (UPN) and most notably as Amelia Hetebrink on the long-running NBC series "Amen," starring Sherman Hemsley. Her film credits include Nikita Blues, Went to Coney Island, Cotton Club, Divine Intervention and Chris Rock's I Think I Love My Wife.

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Now celebrating 13 glorious years of girls, glitz and glamour on the Great White Way, the record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO is the sixth longest-running production in Broadway history ... and it shows no sign of ever slowing down!

CHICAGO features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, and 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 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 Walter Bobbie, choreographed by Ann Reinking and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO has become a worldwide phenomenon with productions in 24 countries and 11 languages since 1996. The record-breaking London production of CHICAGO continues to hold the record as the longest-running American musical in West End history.

CHICAGO now plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). The regular performance schedule is as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Sunday evenings at 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office. Regular Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

 

 



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