The Tony-winning revival of "Chicago" welcomes Japanese superstar Ryoko Yonekura to the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theatre.
The actress is playing a one-week engagement through July 15.
She joins a cast that includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tony Yazbeck as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron "Mama" Morton.
Following her Broadway debut, Yonekura will join Wright and the U.S. national touring company of Chicago in Tokyo, Aug 30-Sept 16 at the Akasaka Act Theatre.
Yonekura originated the role of Roxie Hart in the Japanese-language production of "Chicago" in 2008 and again in 2010. Last year, she played Scarlett O'Hara in the Japanese stage adaptation of "Gone With The Wind" and won the Kazuo Kikuta Drama Award.
The revival of "Chicago" began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb 11, 1997, and played that house through Jan 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan 29, 2003.
"Chicago" won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse.© Permission to reprint granted by Playbill. Playbill is a registered trademark of Playbill Inc.