Shiri Maimon is one of the biggest stars in Israel and has been for the past 15 years. With a long list of music hits, Shiri has established herself as a unique performer who commands the stage with stunning live performances. Some of her career achievements include an astounding performance representing Israel at the Eurovision Song Contest, an unforgettable performance as the first Israeli representative ever to perform on the MTV Europe Music Awards, and three seasons as a leading judge on “The X Factor Israel” music competition series. Her theater work includes the starring role in Evita at Habima, the national theater of Israel, which earned her the Best Actress honor at the Israeli Theatre Awards. Chicago marks her Broadway debut. Instagram: @shirimaimon1. For more, visit shiri-maimon.co.il
Amra-Faye Wright has played this role worldwide since 2001, and on Broadway and the West End since 2005, including both 10th anniv. productions, and in Japan in Japanese. She received the Naledi and Fleur du Cap Awards (South Africa’s Tony equivalent). Credits include: UK: Vi Moore/Footloose; South Africa: Sandy/Grease, Sheila/A Chorus Line, Mother Superior/Nunsense, Jack/Jack and the Beanstalk, Mrs. Darling/Peter Pan, Star/Viva Sun City, Lead/Elvis Las Vegas (Vita Award) and musical extravaganzas throughout the world. Solo shows include It’s Not Where I Start (Vita Award), Drinks on Me, Rouge Pulp (Vita Award), Sittin’ on Top of the World. Guest appearances: SPAR Int’l, VIP Gala, Sydney Olympics, World-Cup Rugby/Jo’burg Phil. Orch., AquABBA / Cape Phil Orch.
Best known as J. Peterman on “Seinfeld” (SAG Award), John appeared on season 1 of “Dancing with the Stars,” winning the highly contested “Dance Off” and a spot on People’s Sexiest Man Alive. TV credits: “The National Dog Show Presented by Purina,” “Family Feud,” “To Tell the Truth,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Phineas and Ferb.” Stage credits: Monty Python’s Spamalot, Chicago (winning Best Actor status in the city of Chicago in 2011) and his one-man show A Man With Standards. Albums: “Secrets From the Lake,” “Peace of Our Minds.” Business partner of The J. Peterman Company, with the real J. Peterman; co-founder of Energy-Inc. Recipient: Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
Broadway: Once (Billy), Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf), The Phantom of the Opera (Piangi) and Avenue Q (Brian). National Tours: Into The Woods (Baker), Once, The Music Man, and Camelot. Other credits: Roundabout’s revival of The Robber Bridegroom, Assassins, Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods and The Full Monty. TV: “30 Rock,” “Orange Is the New Black.” Thanks to the gang at The Talent House, and Stewart/Whitley Casting. @EKHarrington24 www.evanharrington.com
Raena White makes her Broadway debut in Chicago. National tour: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Sistas the Musical. Favorite regional: Dreamgirls (Effie; Jeff Award nominee), Ain’t Misbehavin’, Ragtime, Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel. BA: University of Michigan. GO, BLUE! Gratitude to the Chicago team, Stewart/Whitley and CLA. For Chick’n Noodle & Chick’n Nugget, Mommy loves you! Instagram: @raena.white Twitter: @raena_white
Happy to be celebrating 10 years in this incredible role! Opera: Turandot, L’Elisir D’Amore, Carmen, Così fan Tutti, Marriage of Figaro. Favorite musicals include Brigadoon, A Little Night Music and Candide
B’way: Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, Smile, Merrily We Roll Along, Gypsy. Tours: Chicago (Velma), Evita (Eva). Favorite role: Cleve’s wife. Favorite production: Daughter Jacqueline.
Broadway: Curtains (OBC), Never Gonna Dance (OBC), The Addams Family (workshop). Off-Broadway: Church & State. TV/film credits include: “Shades of Blue,” “The Christmas Tree.” Proud Mom of e & t. Love you, E. www.nilibassman.com
David Bushman is honored to be making his Broadway debut with Chicago. French prod. and nat’l tours of Chicago (Dance Capt, Ensemble, Amos u/s). Re-staged the current nat’l tour. Love and gratitude to friends and family.
Broadway debut! National tour: The Producers (Ulla). Regional: ATP, MTWest, Musicals Tonight, Moonlight, 3DTheatricals, Jubilee. BFA Point Park University. Endless gratitude to my dazzling family and friends, Stewart/Whitley and SW Artists. http://www.jessicaernest.com
Broadway debut! National tours: Cats, Chicago. Regional: Chicago, Sweeney Todd, Avenue Q, Chicago with RCCL. Education: Juilliard, Manhattan School of Music, Roosevelt University. Professor of Voice at NCC. Endlessly grateful to the Chicago Team, Duncan Stewart, Kathy and Encompass Arts, Mom & Dad, family, voice teachers. For my 7 munchkins! @j.londonchicago
Broadway credits: Fosse; Once Upon a Mattress; Hello, Dolly! (with Channing). Also, Oh, Kay!; Encores! Golden Boy; Radio City productions, South Pacific.
Broadway debut! Tours: Chicago, West Side Story. Other: Kennedy, Goodspeed, Sacramento, Goodman, MUNY. TV: “General Hospital.” Thanks: educators, family, friends, Chicago team, CTG. For Mom and Dad. Dreams Come True!!!
Broadway: Promises, Promises; The Pirate Queen; Beauty and the Beast; Annie Get Your Gun; Steel Pier. International tour: Spamalot. Signature Theatre: Kander & Ebb’s The Visit.
NY credits: Shrek the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Anyone Can Whistle (Encores!), Camelot “Live at Lincoln Center,” Sondheim 80th Birthday Concert. Sending crazy love to my beautiful wife Haven and our little man Hud.
Broadway: War Paint (also at the Goodman), Chicago u/s and performed Roxie/Velma. Favorites: Wicked (Elphaba u/s), Follies, Hugh Jackman in Performance. TUTS, Victor/Victoria (Norma), Goodspeed, Damn Yankees (Lola). www.angelreda.com.
Broadway: Memphis, La Cage aux Folles, Oklahoma!, Swing! Concerts: On the Twentieth Century, Funny Girl, Chance & Chemistry. Other: Disney’ s Freaky Friday (Associate Choreographer), My Paris, The Band Wagon, Will Rogers Follies, Camelot (Lincoln Center).
Broadway: A Chorus Line (Don), Legally Blonde, The Producers. National Tour: Chicago (Billy Flynn). Film and television: Kinsey, The Producers, “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” Graduate of the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Love to Mom, Dad and Tony.
Beyond happy to be a part of this company! Broadway: Jersey Boys. Tours: A Chorus Line, FAME!, Jersey Boys. TV/Film: “Mozart in the Jungle.” Forever grateful for my family, friends, Stewart Whitley, Greg and MSA! @rachel_schur
NY: Camelot, Lincoln Center. Nat’l Tours: A Chorus Line, West Side Story. Regional: Paper Mill; Goodspeed; Barrington Stage; Maltz & Northern Stage. International: Tokyo Disney. Proud Graduate of Dreyfoos S.O.A. & New World S.O.A. This one is for me.
Brian Spitulnik is a writer, actor, producer and co-founder of 85th Street Productions. BFA University of Michigan, MFA Columbia University. His latest project: Henry, a sci-fi fantasy film. 85thStreetProductions.com
Broadway debut! Notable credits: The Bodyguard (National Tour), Josephine (World Premiere), West Side Story (International Tour) and numerous other productions. Graduate, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. Follow @naomicwalley
The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: Flora the Red Menace, Cabaret (Tony Award), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70 Girls 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score) and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” (Emmy Award), HBO’s “Liza Minelli’s Stepping Out” (Emmy Award), Funny Lady (Oscar Nominated for “How Lucky Can You Get”), Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Stepping Out and Chicago (Oscar nominated for Best Song). In the mid 80’s the song “New York New York” becoming the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains and Minstrel Show. Life goes on.
Chicago is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
A director, choreographer, dancer, and actor for films and stage, Fosse was especially famous for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences. Bob Fosse began his career in Chicago where he studied ballet, tap, and acrobatic dance from an early age. While still a teenager, he performed with a partner as the Riff Brothers in vaudeville and burlesque theatres. After graduating from high school in 1945, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York and studying acting at the American Theatre Wing. He then toured in the chorus of various productions before making his Broadway debut in the musical revue Dance Me a Song. As a dancer, he performed in two long-running musicals,Call Me Mister and Make Mine Manhattan, followed by such Hollywood films as Give a Girl a Break and Kiss Me Kate. As a choreographer, his first show-stopping number was “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game. This he followed with such hits as Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon, Bells Are Ringing with Judy Holiday, New Girl in Town again with Gwen Verdon, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Robert Morse. He began his career as a director and choreographer with Redhead with Gwen Verdon, Little Me with Sid Caesar, and two more Gwen Verdon musicals, Sweet Charity and CHICAGO. He also staged the innovative musical smash Pippin, the highly successful dance revue Dancin’, and the 1986 musical Big Deal. For the screen, Fosse directed the films Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine, All That Jazz with Roy Scheider, Lenny with Dustin Hoffman, Star 80 with Eric Roberts, and, most spectacularly, Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. In 1973, Bob Fosse had the distinction of winning the three highest awards in three different media. He won a Tony Award for the musical Pippin, an Oscar for the film Cabaret, and an Emmy Award for the television special “Liza With a Z”. In 1960, he married his third wife, Gwen Verdon. From that union came his only child, a daughter Nicole. During the Washington D.C. run of one of his most successful shows, Sweet Charity, he died of a heart attack. This occurred shortly before the curtain went up on the night of September 23, 1987.
Walter Bobbie directed Bright Star, Venus in Fur, The Landing, Golden Age, School for Lies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission,The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Other Woman, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, Durang Durang, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Grand Night For Singing. He was artistic director of City Center Encores! where he also directed Fiorello!; Chicago; Tenderloin; Golden Boy; No, No, Nanette; and Zorba!, as well as the Carnegie Hall concerts of South Pacific and Carousel. Mr. Bobbie previously served for 12 years on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards.
Ann Reinking has received the 1997 Tony Award, Best Choreography for CHICAGO, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, and NY Drama Critics Awards. Other credits include Director, co-choreographer for Fosse (1998 Tony Award for Best Musical); Tony nominations for her leading performances in Dancin’ and Goodtime Charlie; recipient of the Theatre World, Clarence Derwent and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work as Maggie in Over Here! Film credits: All That Jazz; Annie; Micki and Maude and Movie, Movie. Recent choreography credits include Suite Kander for Missouri State Ballet, Ritmo & Ruido for Ballet Hispanico, Lengends for Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The Threepenny Opera for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nilsson/schmillson for Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theatre, “Bye Bye Birdie” for ABC-TV, national tour revival of Applause. She is the recipient of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre 1999, Musical Hall of Fame Award 1999, Dance Library of Israel Award 1998, Distinguished Artist Award 1998, School of American Ballet Artistic Achievement Award 1997, National Art Club Award for Service to the Arts 1995, and the Governor’s Award-Ambassador of the Arts for the state of Florida 1994.
Broadway: A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Burn This, Penn And Teller, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tally’s Folly, Fifth Of July, Crimes Of The Heart, Baby, and Anna Christie, among many others. Off-Broadway: Sylvia, The Cryptogram, The Destiny Of Me, The Substance Of Fire, The Road To Mecca, Song Of Singapore, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, A Life In The Theatre, 20 seasons at MTC and Circle Rep. Major regional theatres, film opera and TV. Recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Graduate: Brown and Yale.
William Ivey Long has designed costumes for over 70 Broadway productions. Select credits include The Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, On the Twentieth Century, Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, The Producers, The Boy From Oz, Contact, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. He was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Grease: Live! for the FOX television network, and designed costumes for The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s do the Time Warp Again, also for FOX. He has designed costumes for Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters and Joan Rivers.. Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards, with 15 nominations. He recently completed a 4 year elected term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006.
Almost 100 Broadway shows including Chaplin; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; The Scottsboro Boys; [title of show]; White Christmas; Drowsy Chaperone; Footloose; Sweeney Todd; Sondheim on Sondheim; Side by Side by Sondheim; Sunday in the Park With George (’08); Chicago (Tony Award); Annie (’97); Hello, Dolly! (’95); Fiddler on the Roof (’76, ’81, ’90). Tours include 9 to 5, High School Musical, Annie. Other: Riverdance (lighting supervisor), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (’79-’06), “Smash” for NBC, SeaWorld Parks’ One Ocean and Shamu Celebration, Tavern on the Green (’14). Awards: Tony, Drama Deck, Outer Critics, Lumen, Ace.
Broadway: Angels In America, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, The Most Happy Fella, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heidi Chronicles, Prelude To A Kiss, I Hate Hamlet. Recent work: A Fair Country at Lincoln Center and ENCORES!, Fiorello!, Lady in the Dark and all 1995 and ’96 Encores! productions at City Center. Off-B’way: Hapgood, Putting It Together, The Last Yankee, Three Hotels, Assassins, Isn’t it Romantic?, The Substance Of Fire, Geniuses and Terra Nova.
CHICAGO, Little Me, Funny Girl, Golden Boy, Pippin and Sweet Charity. Film credits include Academy Awards for Cabaret and All That Jazz. Won the Italian Oscar for Movie and the Emmy for “Baryshnikov on Broadway.”
Projects include the libretto for Steel Pier (1997 Tony nomination), co-conceiving And The World Goes ’round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle awards), new librettos for the highly successful Off-Broadway and London revivals of Flora, The Red Menace and 70, Girls, 70. Co-created PBS Great Performances “Sondheim – A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and wrote the recent documentary “Razzle Dazzle.”
Rob Fisher was the original conductor and music director for CHICAGO and its Grammy-Award winning cast album and now supervises all CHICAGO companies worldwide. He has been the music director and conductor of City Center’s Tony Award-winning Encores! series since its inception in 1994. Other credits: four seasons of Garrison Kellor’s radio broadcasts, numerous concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, two evenings in the East Room of the White House, several programs for “PBS Great Performances,” guest appearances conducting orchestras around the U.S. and over 20 recordings. Broadway and national tour credits include: Threepenny Opera starring Sting, Me And My Girl, A History Of American Film, A Day In Hollywood/a Night In Ukraine, Little John Jones and Big River.
Highlights: Exec. prod., TV (Peabody Award, “The Music in Me,” HBO); conductor (biggest thrill: the Philadelphia Orchestra); music director (Here Lies Jenny, Bebe Neuwirth, Roger Rees, Ann Reinking); pianist (collaborators Alsop, Salerno-Sonnenberg, Upshaw, London Symphony); Grammy-nominated recordings (Angel, Nonesuch, Naxos); music supervisor, films (directors Scorsese, Wilson). Favorite: Carnegie Hall mass choir initiatives for hundreds of NYCHS students and leading worldwide musical theatre initiative: musicalexchange.carnegiehall.org.
Composing, conducting, arranging or pianist credits include My Fair Lady; The Sound Of Music; Carnival; Hello, Dolly!; 1776; Chicago; Annie; Barnum; Baby; My One And Only; Crazy For You; and Swingin’ On A Star. Film: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Zelig, 1776, Mame, Annie, and Stepping Out.
More than 20 Broadway credits including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Democracy, The Rocky Horror Show, The Blue Room, Jekyll & Hyde, An Ideal Husband and A Few Good Men. Currently: Associate director for the national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert.
Over a dozen Broadway productions including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Lion King, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma! and Miss Saigon.
Barry & Fran Weissler are the recipients of seven Tony Awards: Othello starring James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer; Fiddler on the Roof with Topol; Gypsy with Tyne Daly; Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire; the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer; the 2013 revival of Pippin (currently on tour); and Chicago, the longest-running American musical on both Broadway and the West End. Other Broadway credits include Zorba, My One and Only, Falsettos, Grease, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity and The Scottsboro Boys. Executive producers of Finding Neverland. Their newest hit, Waitress, currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller and features an original score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
Alecia Parker serves as executive producer of all worldwide productions of Chicago, Pippin, Finding Neverland and Waitress, the new Broadway musical. Currently licensing Once the Musical internationally. Other credits, spanning more than 30 years, include executive producer of La Cage aux Folles, The Scottsboro Boys, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Seussical; associate producer of Annie Get Your Gun, My Thing of Love, Grease, My Fair Lady, Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cabaret, Zorba starring Anthony Quinn. She is the proud mother of Michael Parker – Atlantic Records.
City Center, a not-for-profit theatre founded in 1943 as Manhattan’s first performing arts center is home to many of America’s leading dance companies, education programs and popular engagements. The award-winning series Encores! was created in 1994 to revisit rarely-heard scores, of which CHICAGO is one.
Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. BROADWAY/NY: The Great Comet, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TOURS: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: Prince of Egypt, Back Home Again, Waterfall, August Rush; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate Andrea Zee CSA & Casting Assistant Danny Dunitz. stewartwhitley.com