Broadway’s Tony Award-Winning,
Record-Breaking Hit Musical
CUBA GOODING JR.
Joins Broadway Company as “Billy Flynn”
October 6 – November 18, 2018
Broadway’s Longest Running American Musical
Now Playing at the Ambassador Theatre
The Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago, (Barry & Fran Weissler, producers) will welcome Academy Award winner and Emmy nominee CUBA GOODING JR. as smooth-talking lawyer “Billy Flynn,” beginning Saturday, October 6, 2018 through Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.).
Cuba Gooding Jr. reprises his role as “Billy Flynn” after originating the part and making his West End stage debut earlier this year in the new 2018 London production of Chicago, currently playing at the Phoenix Theatre.
Cuba Gooding Jr.’s breakthrough role was as Tre Styles in the feature film Boyz n the Hood (1991), followed by A Few Good Men (1992), before winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Jerry Maguire (1996). Later films included As Good as It Gets (1997), Men of Honor (2000) as Carl Brashear, Pearl Harbor (2001) as Doris Miller, American Gangster (2007), The Butler (2013) and Selma (2014), playing civil rights attorney Fred Gray. In 2016, he portrayed O.J. Simpson in the F/X drama series “The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-series or a Movie. In 2013, he made his Broadway debut alongside Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in the Tony Award-nominated production of The Trip to Bountiful.
Chicago currently stars Michelle DeJean as Roxie Hart, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, Cady Huffman as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
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.
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.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer and casting by Stewart/Whitley.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.