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John O'Hurley to Bring His Razzle-Dazzle Back to Broadway in Chicago

O’Hurley will reprise his performance as Billy Flynn beginning later this month.

John O'Hurley returns to the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway.
John O'Hurley returns to the role of Billy Flynn in Chicago on Broadway beginning July 23.
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It was announced today that actor, comedian, and TV personality John O'Hurley will return to the Broadway cast of Chicago as Billy Flynn beginning Monday, July 23. O'Hurley first played the role on Broadway in 2006 and has returned several times since then — most recently from December 2014-January 2015. He has played Billy Flynn in the national tour of Chicago as well.

Chicago, currently running at the Ambassador Theatre, recently welcomed back veteran cast members Michelle DeJean as Roxie Hart and Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly. The cast also includes Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, Tony Award winner 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.

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