Tony Winner Jennifer Holliday Returns to Cast of Broadway's Chicago June 9 | Playbill

Broadway News Tony Winner Jennifer Holliday Returns to Cast of Broadway's Chicago June 9

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

Jennifer Holliday

The Tony-winning Broadway revival of Chicago welcomes the return of Tony and Grammy winner Jennifer Holliday beginning June 9 at the Ambassador Theatre.

The Dreamgirls star, most recently on Broadway in the revival of The Color Purple, once again plays Matron "Mama" Morton for an eight-week limited engagement through July 31. Holliday originally played the role in summer 2001.

The Broadway company of Chicago currently features Emma Pittman as Roxie Hart, Lana Gordon (Hadestown, The Lion King) as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman (Side Show, Passion) as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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.

It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after The Phantom of the Opera). Over the last 25 years, the show has been seen in 36 different countries by 33 million people worldwide.

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 Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.

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.

See Jennifer Holliday Take on Shug Avery in The Color Purple

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