‘Chicago’s’ Billy Flynn Gets a Familiar Face in Christopher Sieber
Christopher Sieber will return to the Broadway cast of “Chicago” on Christmas Day as Billy Flynn.
The two-time Tony nominee will replace country star Billy Ray Cyrus, who ends his limited engagement as Flynn on December 23. Sieber has played Flynn twice before – once in 2004 and then again in 2011.
Sieber was nominated for a Tony for his role in “Shrek,” as well as his role in “Spamalot.” He also has appeared on Broadway in “La Cage aux Folles,” “Into the Woods,” “Modern Millie,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol” and “Triumph of Love.” Most recently, he concluded a year-long engagement with the national tour of “La Cage aux Folles.” That tour also starred George Hamilton.
In addition to his theater work, Sieber also has appeared in numerous television shows and films, including “Sex and the City,” “Pushing Daisies,” “Ed,” “Morning Glory,” “Two of a Kind,” “It’s All Relative” and “See You In September.”
The current revival of “Chicago” opened in November 1996. It transferred twice before landing at its current home at the Ambassador Theatre, where it has played since January 2003. The musical won the 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and also won Tonys for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton. Other Tony winners for the revival were director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking.
The current casting of the musical set in the 1920’s includes Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart and Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly. The story follows the housewife and nightclub dancer Hart after she murders her on-the-side lover and hires slick lawyer Flynn to represent her. Kelly is Hart’s rival and cellmate. Other current cast members are R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron “Mama” Morton.