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Ryoko Yonekura to Return to Chicago as Roxie Hart

This will be her third stint with the production after previous runs in 2012 and 2017.

Ryoko Yonekura will do a third stint as Roxie Hart in Chicago on Broadway.
(© Junji Ishiguro)

Broadway's Chicago has announced that Japanese superstar Ryoko Yonekura will return to the role of Roxie Hart for 16 performances, July 1-14, at the Ambassador Theatre. She had previously played the role on Broadway in 2012 and 2017. After her run in New York, she will join the show's US national touring company in Japan for two limited engagements in Osaka (August 1-4 at the Orix Theater) and Tokyo (August 7-18 at the Tokyu Theatre Orb).

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. Recipient of six 1997 Tony Awards, the revival is directed by Walter Bobbie.

Chicago currently stars Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr. as Billy Flynn (thru February 10), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.


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