Christopher McDonald, a 1977 graduate of Hobart College, recently took over the role of defense attorney Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of “Chicago” at the 1,125-seat Ambassador Theater on West 49th Street.
Richard Gere played the singing-dancing role in the 2002 movie of the same name, directed by Rob Marshall.
McDonald has appeared in several TV programs including “Fat Actress,” “North Shore,” “Family Law” and “Veronica's Closet.” He has also been seen on the silver screen in Happy Gilmore, Thelma and Louise, Grind, and Spy Kids 2:The Island of Lost Dreams and others.
“Chicago” has been described as an exploration of “murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery — all those things that we hold dear to our hearts.” The plot tells the story of Roxie Hart, who kills her boyfriend, invents a defense and manipulates everyone from her trusting mechanic husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public.
Featuring well-known songs including “All That Jazz,” “Razzle Dazzle” (sung by Flynn) and “Mr. Cellophane,” and dances choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, the show was written by Tony Award-winners Fred Ebb and Fosse, with music by John Kander. This production is directed by Walter Bobbie.
Tickets for the current production range from $47.50 to $100; McDonald is scheduled to play Flynn through Labor Day weekend.