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Bebe Neuwirth Returning to ‘Chicago’ as Mama Morton

Bebe Neuwirth is returning to the long-running revival of Chicago as prison matron Mama Morton for a limited engagement from Jan. 14 to March 9, 2014.

Bebe Neuwirth (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Bebe Neuwirth returns to ‘Chicago’ in January 2014 (Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Neuwirth won a Tony Award for her performance as murderess Velma Kelly back in 1996 and also played Roxie Hart in the revival in 2006, making her the only performer to play all three principal female roles on Broadway. “Simply put, Bebe Neuwirth is Chicago,” said the show’s producer Barry Weissler.

Set in the roaring 1920s, this John Kander-Fred Ebb musical employs vaudeville numbers to tell the story of Roxie Hart, who seeks to use her fame for killing her boyfriend to become a star. The original production, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, opened on June 3, 1975 and ran for 936 performances. This revival, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, opened on Nov. 14, 1996 and has so far racked up more than 7,000 performances. The film version, released in 2003, won six Oscars including Best Picture.

Neuwirth has also starred on Broadway in The Addams Family, Fosse, A Chorus Line, Little Me, Dancin’, Damn Yankees, and Sweet Charity (for which she also won a Tony). She’s probably best known to television audiences for her Emmy-winning performance as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane on Cheers and Frasier.

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