CHICAGO Announces Casting for the Show's Broadway Return

August 24, 2021

Ana Villafane Chicago Musical BroadwayBROADWAY'S TONY AWARD-WINNING,

Performances Resume on September 14, 2021
At the Ambassador Theatre
Celebrating 25th Anniversary Year on Broadway

Producers Barry and Fran Weissler are pleased to announce Ana Villafañewill be Broadway's next Roxie Hart when performances of Chicago resume on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.; New York, NY).

Ana Villafañe makes an exciting return to the Broadway stage, following her previously lauded run portraying Gloria Estefan in the Broadway musical On Your Feet. She has recently appeared on television in the eagerly-awaited "Night Court" reboot (NBC 2021), TV Land's critically-acclaimed Darren Star series "Younger" (Parmount/TV Land) as well as "New Amsterdam" (NBC), "Sunnyside" (NBC), "History of Them" (CBS) and more. Her previous theatre credits include playing Nina Rosario in In The Heights at the Kennedy Center and Collective Rage at MCC Theater. Ana is an Outer Critics Circle Award, Astaire Awards, and two-time Drama League Award nominee. Ana was named one of the New York Times' "30 under 30" and is a Theatre World Award winner for Best Actress. She is represented by UTA and 111 Media, Inc.

Ana joins the previously announced Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, Tony Award-winner Lillias White as Matron "Mama" Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Ryan Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Casting for Billy Flynn will be announced soon. The cast also includes David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, Michael Scirrotto, Christine C. Smith and Brian Spitulnik.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse , music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features 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.

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.

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