Usher Leaves Chicago Early Due to Strep Throat
He was initially signed to play the part through October 1, and his casting spiked the show's box-office numbers greatly. His scheduled stint was extended through Saturday, October 14 -- but, due to his illness, he has been out of the show since last Friday, October 6, and will not return. Bernard Dotson is appearing as Billy Flynn in his stead. Christopher McDonald will play the role from October 15 through November 19; he will be succeeded by Huey Lewis, November 20-January 14.
Usher is the winner of five Grammy Awards, as well as several American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and other honors. His most recent album, Confessions, sold more than 15 million copies. Among his hit songs are "Burn," "My Boo," "You Make Me Wanna," "Nice and Slow," "U Remind Me," and "U Got it Bad." He has acted extensively in television and in such films as She's All That, The Faculty, and Moesha; he also had a regular role on the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful.