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Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Ok, so let me just say...Huey Lewis as Billy Flynn in Chicago...?

I think I've said too much...

Ok, so the Weisslers (as in Fran and Barry) seem to be notorious for trying to cast "names" in the shows they're producing (Rosie O'Donnell in Seussical). One of their productions, Chicago has had every name they could possibly get from Alan Thicke and Jasmine Guy to Kevin Richardson and Deborah Gibson (and everything in between). Don't you think though, that Huey digging kind of deep? I understand he can sing (at least he did w/ "the News") and he's a "name" but...hasn't his ship sailed...LONG ago? Ok, so I'm being harsh...I'm all for reinventing yourself/your career, god knows I seem to be trying to do it all the time. But really, Huey Lewis on Broadway...the Great White Way? That's almost as odd as Skid Row Metal band member Sebastian Bach on Broadway in Jeckyll & Hyde back in 2001. That was just scary.

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By Andrew Gans
25 Jul 2005

Grammy Award winner Huey Lewis will join the Tony-winning revival of Chicago this fall.

Lewis is set to join the Kander and Ebb musical Nov. 1 in the role of slick lawyer Billy Flynn. Chicago will mark the singer's Broadway debut.

Lewis is the founding member and lead vocalist of Huey Lewis and The News, the award-winning group whose top-ten hits include "The Power of Love," "The Heart of Rock and Roll," "Stuck With You," "I Want a New Drug," "Workin’ For a Livin" and "If This Is It." Lewis has appeared in the films "Shortcuts," "Sphere," "Shadow of Doubt" and "Duets." His TV work includes roles in "Just Shoot Me" and "One Tree Hill."

Chicago — featuring a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb — currently stars Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Luba Mason as Velma Kelly, Christopher McDonald as Billy Flynn and Carol Woods as Matron Mama Morton.

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.

Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.


Mitch Glaser said...

I hate to be the one to break the news to you, but Huey Lewis is "the shit"...always has been, always will be. As a child, he taught me that it was hip to be square, that I want a new drug, and (of course) the power of love. I've had mad love for his music since he rocked the soundtrack to one of the greatest movies of all time.

The Great White Way is lucky to have him!

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