Celebrating its 20th birthday this month, “Chicago” is the second longest-running show in Broadway history. Among the things that have helped keep it going: Celebrities who step into the show for limited engagements, often playing one of the major roles – famehound murderess Roxie; vaudevillian convict Velma or slick lawyer Billy Flynn – or sometimes the supporting part of Amos, Roxy’s timid husband, or prison matron Mama. Here’s a look at some of the names who have had a run in the Broadway production.
Bebe Neuwirth Ann Reinking, James Naughton and Joel Grey
In the revival’s original cast, Fosse veteran Reinking played Roxie opposite a Velma played by Neuwirth, with Naughton on board as Billy and Grey playing Amos. Marcia Lewis co-starred as Mama.
Brady, who’s since had a run in Broadway’s “Kinky Boots,” played Billy in 2004.
The R&B star, as Roxie, turned out to be a big box office draw when she appeared in the show in 2015.
Brinkley has played Roxie twice – once in 2011, and then again the next year.
Billy Ray Cyrus
The country music star (and father of Miley) stepped into Billy’s shoes in 2012.
As an original cast member of “Rent,” Diggs is no stranger to Broadway. He played Billy in 2002.
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In her sole Broadway credit, Griffith earned major critical raves as Roxie.
Stephanie Pfriender Stylander
Michael C. Hall
During his run in HBO series “Six Feet Under” (and before his sinister turn in the title role of “Dexter”), Hall played Billy on Broadway in 2002.
Miranda Penn Taria
Harry Hamlin and Lisa Rinna
Real-life married couple Hamlin (“L.A. Law,” “Mad Men”) and Rinna (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”) played Billy and Roxie in 2007.
The familiar TV face (“Monk,” “The Office,” “Transparent”) starred as Roxie in 2008.
80s rocker Huey Lewis, sans his band The News, appeared as Billy twice, first in 2005 and then in 2006.
The R&B name (“Back at One”) had a stint as Billy in 2007.
Shields already had three Broadway shows under her belt (“Grease,” “Cabaret,” “Wonderful Town”) when she played Roxie in 2005.
Pastore may be best known as a mobster (particularly as Big Pussy from “The Sopranos”), but he played against type in “Chicago,” starring as Mr. Cellphane himself, Amos, for runs in 2005 and in 2007.
The big-name singer-songwriter played Billy in 2006 – and crowds lined up around the block.
Singer-actress Willis (“Dancing with the Stars”) took on Roxie in 2015 — just before her father, Bruce, made his Broadway debut “Misery.”