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Photo Flash: 'Sopranos' Turturro, Pastore in 'Chicago' 11/19

On Monday, November 19 television's tough-as-nails mob sister becomes Broadway's newest red-hot mama, when two-time Emmy Award nominee Aida Turturro ("The Sopranos") steps into the celebrated role of Matron "Mama" Morton, the reigning cellblock diva of the hit musical Chicago. Joining Turturro is fellow "Sopranos" co-star Vincent Pastore, who makes his Broadway stage debut as Roxie Hart's endearing but nearly invisible husband, Amos.

Pastore and Turturro are set to appear together for seven weeks only through Sunday, January 13, 2008. Now approaching its 11th anniversary, Chicago plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.).

Aida Turturro is best known for playing Janice Soprano, the hard-edged sister of mob boss Tony Soprano, on the HBO series "The Sopranos," a role which earned her Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2001 and 2007.  Among her other credits are a number of films, including True Love (co-starring Vincent Pastore), Sleepers, What About Bob, Jersey Girl, Deep Blue Sea, Mickey Blue Eyes, Angie and Bringing Out the Dead.  Turturro previously appeared on Broadway in the 1992 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, co-starring Alec Baldwin, Jessica Lange and her television brother, James Gandolfini.

Vincent Pastore most notably appeared as Sal "Big Pussy" Bonpensiero in HBO's "The Sopranos." Prior to that, he had a recurring role on the television series "Queen's Supreme," and has also made guest appearances in episodes of "Ed," "Grounded for Life," "Slight Case of Murder," "Witness to the Mob," "Law & Order" and "Dellaventura," among others. Pastore has appeared in more than 30 feature films, including True Love (co-starring Aida Turturro), Mickey Blue Eyes, A Bronx Tale, Two Family House, Serving Sara, Riding in Cars with Boys, Made, Corky Romano, Deuces Wild and This Thing of Ours. This December, he can be seen opposite Ray Liotta in Revolver, directed by Guy Ritchie. Pastore currently hosts the Sirius Satellite Radio show "Wiseguys," produced by his friend and "Sopranos" co-star Steven Van Zandt.   In 2004, he appeared Off-Broadway in The Public Theatre's production of Guinea Pig Solo.

Now through Sunday, November 18, Chicago features Tony Award winner Adriane Lenox as Matron "Mama" Morton and Rob Bartlett as Amos Hart.  For more information, visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com.

Photos by Joan Marcus



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