Paige Davis and Amra-Faye Wright Returning to Broadway Revival of Chicago | Playbill

News Paige Davis and Amra-Faye Wright Returning to Broadway Revival of Chicago The long-running, Tony-winning revival of Chicago will welcome back to the cast Paige Davis as Roxie Hart and Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly starting March 30 at the Ambassador Theatre. Now in its 19th year, the show is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Paige Davis

Davis and Wright will join Tony nominee John Dossett, who recently joined the cast as Billy Flynn. The trio replace Jennifer Nettles, Carly Hughes (whose final performance is March 29) and Alexander Gemignani, respectively.

Davis, who is best known as the former host of TV's "Trading Spaces," has also appeared on Broadway in Boeing-Boeing (and previously in Chicago). She will stay in the role through April 27. Wright, who has played Velma off and on since 2001, also claims to be the only actress who has played the role on five continents. She's booked on Brodway through July 26.

Chicago has set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Leslie Stifelman.

The revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's 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 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb. 11, 1997, and played that house through Jan. 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan. 29, 2003.

Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for original cast members Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original 1975 production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.

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