Ashlee Simpson will reprise her performance of Roxie in a Hollywood Bowl production of “Chicago.”
The production will take place July 26-28, and as previously reported will be directed by Brooke Shields. The star-studded cast also will feature Drew Carey, Lucy Lawless, Samantha Barks and Stephen Flynn. Rob Fischer will conduct a live orchestra for the production.
“I have a great feeling about this entire cast,” Shields said in a statement. “I am excited for everyone to see how brilliant Samantha Barks is on stage. We’ve seen Stephen Moyer sing on ‘True Blood’ – and that dark, sexy side of Billy will be well served by him. Drew played the Dad in Hairspray at the Bowl two years ago, and he will bring not only comedy but depth to our Amos. I wouldn’t say no to anything Lucy Lawless ordered me to do…as ‘Mama’ or in life!! And let’s not forget the most exciting character … the Bowl itself!”
Simpson has already played the role of Roxie twice: once on Broadway and once on West End. In the musical, the Roxie character is an aspiring entertainer that becomes a media celebrity after being accused of murder.
Shields also has performed in both the Broadway and London versions of “Chicago,” and said previously that she was very excited to perform the musical with a live orchestra.
“I have been inspired by working with Rob Fisher on many projects and his belief in me and my talent has been a true blessing,” she said. “He has asked more of me than any other Musical Director and it is why I have achieved more than I ever dreamt possible. My passion for Chicago began decades ago, purely as a fan. Years later, after having a dance session with Annie Reinking, she asked me to join the ‘Chicago’ company.”