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Israeli Pop Star Shiri Maimon to Make Broadway Debut in Chicago

Maimon joins the cast at the Ambassador Theatre this fall.

Israeli pop star Shiri Maimon will play Roxie Hart in Broadway's Chicago this fall at the Ambassador Theatre.
(© Dudi Hason)

Broadway's long-running musical Chicago will welcome Israeli pop star and The X Factor Israel television personality Shiri Maimon in her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart, September 21-October 5. The announcement was made last night in Times Square at the NY Israeli Embassy's Celebrate Israel 70th anniversary block-party event.

Maimon represented Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, was the first Israeli representative ever to perform on the MTV European Music Awards, and for three seasons, served as a leading judge on The X-Factor Israel music competition series. Her theater work includes the title role in Evita at Habima, the national theater of Israel, which earned her the Best Actress honor at the Israeli Theatre Awards.

Chicago currently stars Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, Cady Huffman as Matron "Mama" Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.

Set amid 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.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, the six-time Tony-winning revival production is now in its 22nd year on Broadway.