Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bebe's Back to Broadway!

Bebe's Back to Broadway!

Forget everything I've said about putting a knife in Chicago. Now that it's been announced that Bebe Neuwirth is making a three month-long return to the venerable revival, I hope I'm forgiven for my premature plea to end the show, which was based on all the stunt casting for which the show has become synonymous.

In a welcome bit of inspired casting, Neuwirth will now take on the role of Roxie Hart. Neuwirth orginally portrayed Velma Kelly when the revival opened in 1996 and won a Tony for her efforts.

Neuwirth's return will come a couple months after the Broadway tuner officially celebrates its 10th year back on the Great White Way. She is scheduled to begin performances on December 31 and remain with the show through March 25.

Although I've had two outstanding opportunities to see Neuwirth in two Off-Broadway shows (Woody Allen's Writer's Block in 2003 and Kurt Weill's Here Lies Jenny in 2004), I completely missed out on seeing her razzle-dazzle 'em in Chicago the first time around. You can bet I'll make a point out of seeing her triumphant return.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Will Usher Razzle Dazzle 'em? (August 22, 2006)
We Had It Coming: Chicago's Starry 10th Anniversary (July 26, 2006)
Chicago to Usher in New Billy Flynn (July 14, 2006)

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