The Broadway musical Chicago is about to celebrate its 21st Anniversary on Broadway, and as part of the celebration will include YouTube sensation and Broadway star Todrick Hall, joining the production as Billy Flynn. Hall will be with the production at the Ambassador Theatre for seven-weeks only, from November 30, 2017 to January 14, 2018. Tony Award nominee Tom Hewitt will play his final performance in the role on Sunday, November 26.
Todrick Hall has appeared on Broadway in The Color Purple, Memphis, and most-recently, Kinky Boots. A singer, songwriter, dancer, actor, choreographer, playwright, costume designer, American Idol finalist, Hall also stars in his own MTV show and is a YouTube sensation. Recently, Hall released his first visual album, Straight Outta Oz, which debuted as the #2 pop album. He has also appeared on episodes of RuPauls’ Drag Race and Gay for Play.
A winner of the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival, Chicago is directed by Walter Bobbie and features choreography by Tony-winner Ann Reinking. The production has a set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and casting by Stewart/Whitley. With a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse and a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Chicago originally opened on Broadway in 1975 with direction and choreography by Fosse.
“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.”
Chicago also currently stars Tony Award nominee Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Olivier Award Winner & Original Cast Member Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton (LaVon Fisher-Wilson returns to the role of “Mama” on Monday, November 20) and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.