Jinkx Monsoon Returns to Cast of Broadway's Chicago June 27 | Playbill

Broadway News Jinkx Monsoon Returns to Cast of Broadway's Chicago June 27

The long-running, Tony-winning revival continues at the Ambassador Theatre.

Jinkx Monsoon in Chicago Jeremy Daniel

Two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon, who made her Broadway debut in Chicago in January 2023, returns to the Tony-winning revival June 27.

Monsoon again steps into the role of Matron “Mama” Morton, playing 20 performances through July 12 at the Ambassador Theatre. She succeeds NaTasha Yvette Williams.

In an earlier statement Monsoon said, “Most of my life, and my entire artistic career—I have known the roles I would play well, but I also knew the industry was not yet giving actors like me the chance to prove it. Over the last decade, I, and queer artists like myself have been chipping away at the antiquated ideas of gender and performance—leading to my life-changing run as Mama Morton in Chicago. During that one 10-week run, I learned so much about my craft and myself—and I cannot wait to take all of that back into this role and show. I am still just a kid, in shock and awe of this wonderful world I get to be a part of."

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Monsoon made Broadway history during her initial run, becoming the first drag queen to play the role of Morton on Broadway. She broke box-office records and played to standing-room-only crowds. Monsoon subsequently played Audrey in the hit Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors.

The current cast of Chicago features Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The ensemble includes Eddie Bennett, David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jeff Gorti, Jaquez, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Celina Nightengale, Kristen Faith Oei, Jermaine R. Rembert, Mikayla Renfrow, Rachel Shur, Colt Adam Weiss, and Matthew Winnegge.

Check out Chicago merchandise, including a special Jinkx Monsoon Playbill, in the Playbill Store.

The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year.

Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).

READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years

With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.

The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.

Photos: RuPaul's Drag Race Star Jinkx Monsoon and James T. Lane in Chicago

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