On January 16, Latin-American star Marco Zunino will make his Broadway debut as lawyer Billy Flynn in the current revival of “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre. He will stay with the musical for a four-week limited run through February 12.
That same night, Mexican actress Bianca Marroquin also will join the production in the role of Roxie Hart. At 37, she will be one of the youngest actresses to ever play the part on Broadway. The current production also stars Bahiyah Hibah as Velma Kelly, Chris Sullivan as Amos Hart and Carol Woods as Matron “Mama Morton.
While Zunino began his career as a television actor in Latin America, he has recently been working with many stage productions in Latin America. He has stared in productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “West Side Story,” “Rent” and “Cabaret.”
Marroquin began performing on the stage in Mexico City, starring in productions of “Beauty and the Beast,” “Chicago,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Rent” and “The Vagina Monologues.” This performance will not be her Broadway debut, however, as she previously has been in productions of “In the Heights” and “The Pajama Game.”
The current “Chicago” revival opened in November 1996 and currently is the longest running musical revival in Broadway history. In 1997, it won six Tony Awards, the most of any Broadway revival at the time (though it has since been surpassed by “South Pacific). Among the Tony’s it won in 1997 was Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical for director Walter Bobbie. Before moving to the Ambassador, productions were held at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and the Shubert Theatre.
“Chicago” originally premiered on Broadway in June 1975 and ran until August the following year. A total of 936 performances were held between that time. That production was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, but did not win any.