Two-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald (Finian's Rainbow, Young Frankenstein, Wicked) will enter the Broadway cast of Chicago on August 5 in his second starring role with the production. Fitzgerald made his Chicago debut last October as Amos Hart, the soft-hearted husband to murderess Roxie Hart. He now returns to the company as "the silver-tongued Prince of the Courtroom" Billy Flynn, becoming the first actor in the production's 18-year history to perform both leading male roles.
"Chris Fitzgerald is one of the most versatile and in-demand actors working in the theater today," said Chicago lead producer Barry Weissler. "We've followed his Broadway career for several years, and his character choices and interpretation of roles have always been remarkable. He was fantastic as Amos Hart last fall, and I can't wait for our audiences to see his portrayal of Billy Flynn in a few short days."
Fitzgerald takes over for Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett, who played his final performance on Sunday, July 27.
Featuring classic tunes by John Kander and Fred Ebb, Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a 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 crime into a barrage of sensational headlines.
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