The long-running Broadway revival of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago is welcoming a new merry murderess to its ranks. Singer, actress and TV sensation Erika Jayne (Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) will make her Broadway debut in the role of “Roxie Hart.” Jayne will begin performances starting Monday, January 6, 2020 and will stay for a 12-week limited engagement.
Erika Jayne comes to Broadway with an amazing array of credits in the world of popular music. She has enjoyed nine #1’s on the US Billboard dance chart and toured the globe over the last decade. The Atlanta native is also a New York Times bestselling author. TV audiences have watched Jayne on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” She has appeared on major network television programs like ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” CBS’s “The Young and The Restless” and Paramount’s “Lip Sync Battle.” She has also launched wildly successful collaborations with TooFaced Cosmetics and ShoeDazzle.
The Broadway production of Chicago features a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. The longest-running revival in Broadway musical history, this production is directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking.
“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.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.
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