By Andrew Gans
23 Jul 2013
Dolina will play the role of Matron "Mama" Morton for eight performances only at the Ambassador Theatre Aug. 13-18. At the conclusion of her Broadway run, Dolina will return to Moscow to reprise the role in the forthcoming Russian production of Chicago, which is set to open in October.
On Broadway Dolina will succeed Wendy Williams, who concludes her Broadway debut engagement Aug. 11. The cast also stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Alexander Gemignani as Billy Flynn, Paul C. Vogt as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
"As the producer of a long-running show like Chicago, we've seen first-hand the benefits of continually cultivating our international audiences," said producer Barry Weissler in a statement. "Chicago is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and much of that achievement is thanks to the show's tremendous global reach. Practically every tourist who visits New York City has heard of Chicago. Not only have we played in 30 countries and in 12 different languages since 1996, but last year, we welcomed both Marco Zunino and Ryoko Yonekura to our Broadway cast, and the response from Latino and Japanese audiences was phenomenal. I'm thrilled that we're now able to present the stellar Larisa Dolina in her Broadway debut as 'Mama' Morton next month, and I'm looking forward to welcoming our Russian fans both old and new as well."
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. Read more about the revival in the Playbill Vault.
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. The modern classic has music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb and book by Ebb and Fosse.
The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.
Visit ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.