Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago January 29 | Playbill

Broadway News Vanderpump Rules' Ariana Madix Makes Broadway Debut in Chicago January 29

The Tony-winning production continues its record-breaking run at the Ambassador Theatre.

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Ariana Madix—known for her appearances on Bravo’s Vanderpump Rules and as a finalist on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, makes her Broadway debut in the Tony-winning revival of Chicago January 29.

Madix is playing a limited engagement as Roxie Hart through March 24 at the Ambassador Theatre. Amra-Faye Wright also returns to the role of Velma January 29.

READ: Chicago's Ariana Madix Is a Lifelong Playbill Collector

The current cast of Chicago, which just celebrated its 27th anniversary on Broadway, also features Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Red Concepción as Amos Hart, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

The company also includes David Bushman, Max Clayton, Kristine Covillo, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Kristen Faith Oei, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, and Michael Scirrotto.

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).

READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years

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: Max Von Essen and Max Clayton in Chicago

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