Olympian Elvis Stojko to Join Broadway's CHICAGO as 'Billy Flynn' in March 2014
As announced this morning on NBC "Today," on Monday, March 17, the company of Broadway's Tony Award-winning, record-breaking smash hit musical CHICAGO will welcome two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko in his Broadway stage debut.
Stojko will assume the role of "that silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom," slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn, for eight performances only through Sunday, March 23 at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.).
At the conclusion of this Broadway engagement, Stojko will join the company of CHICAGO's North American tour for its Toronto engagement, March 26-30 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
"People think of me as only a skater," said Stojko. "But what they don't know is that I love musicals. Now I finally have the chance to play a great role in one of the greatest musicals of all times. I'm very excited."
Since the early '90s, Stojko has competed in four Olympics, winning silver medals in 1994 and 1998. He also won three world championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. He is a seven-time Canadian champion and was awarded the recognition of Canadian Athlete of the Year in 1994.
On television, he guest starred as himself on episodes of "The Simpsons" and the Canadian animated series "Chilly Beach." His film credits include Ice Angel and choreographing and performing the skating sequences in the 2002 Robin Williams' film Death to Smoochy. In 2010 he released his debut CD 100 Lifetimes.
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 -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, CHICAGO 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 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. Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.
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