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Broadway News Robyn Hurder Extends Run in Broadway's Chicago

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

Robyn Hurder in Chicago Jeremy Daniel

Robyn Hurder, previously seen on Broadway in A Beautiful Noise, has extended her engagement in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Tony nominee Hurder, who previously played Mona and covered the role of Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning revival, stepped into the part of Velma Kelly March 26 for a limited engagement through June 16. She will now stay with the production through September 15.

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Hurder's other Broadway credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Grease, The Wedding Singer, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and she's appeared at New York City Center Encores! in A Chorus Line, The New Yorkers, and Paint Your Wagon.

The current cast of Chicago also features Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Natasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

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The ensemble includes Eddie Bennett, David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jeff Gorti, Jaquez, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Celina Nightengale, Kristen Faith Oei, Jermaine R. Rembert, Mikayla Renfrow, Rachel Shur, Colt Adam Weiss, and Matthew Winnegge.

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.

Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).

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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 by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.

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.

Photos: Robyn Hurder in Chicago on Broadway

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