Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
Broadway’s record-breaking hit musical Chicago has just announced that actress, vocalist, and two-time “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Jinkx Monsoon will extend in the role of Matron “Mama” morning for 14 more performances only, Thursday, March 16 through Sunday, March 26, at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC). Chicago is Broadway’s most iconic John Kander & Fred Ebb / Bob Fosse musical and the longest running American musical in history.
Jinkx Monsoon said, “The kids are saying ‘she ate,’ so I figured, I might as well have seconds. In all seriousness, playing for standing room only crowds throughout my run as Mama has got my mind blown and my heart full. Audiences from all over the world have generously brought so much joy to this show. The Chicago cast has become my family, and I’ve made friends for life. I’m super excited for what the rest of the year holds, but first, I’m gonna keep feeling my oats on the Broadway stage.”
Jinkx made her Broadway debut in the role of “Matron ‘Mama’ Morton” on Monday, January 16, 2023, making history by becoming the first drag queen to play the role on Broadway.
As recently announced, Chicago veteran Bianca Marroquín returns to the production in the role of Velma Kelly on March 13 for a limited engagement through April 9.
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. 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.