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The Broadway company of the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago will welcome Tony Award nominee Max von Essen in the role of “Billy Flynn” beginning Monday, November 6, 2023 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC).
Max von Essen is a Tony, Drama Desk, and Grammy nominated performer best known for his role as Henri Baurel in An American in Paris. Other Broadway: Anastasia, Evita, Dance of the Vampires, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Les Misérables (revival and closing company of original). Tours: Falsettos, Xanadu, Chicago. TV/Film: “Family Guy”, “The Blacklist”, “Law & Order: SVU”, “Elementary”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “The Good Wife”, “Royal Pains”, “Gossip Girl”, Sex and the City 2, Submissions Only. Recordings: Call Me Old Fashioned (solo album), An American in Paris, Evita, DRAG: The Musical, Death Takes a Holiday, Finian’s Rainbow. @maxizpad
This year (and every year), the producers of Chicago are also celebrating the work of Broadway legend John Kander, who co-wrote the score to Chicago with the late Fred Ebb. Mr. Kander has the distinction of having had a show running on Broadway every season for the last 50 years. He has had presence on Broadway since 1959 when he earned his first credit as the dance music arranger and rehearsal pianist on Gypsy.
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
The current cast of Chicago features Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Kimberly Marable as Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as Billy Flynn, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. The cast also includes David Bushman, Christine Cornish, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Denny Paschall, Khori Michele Petinaud, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, Michael Scirrotto, and Colt Adam Weiss.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.