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Bebe Neuwirth to return to 'Chicago' in a new role

Tuesday - 12/17/2013, 12:29pm  ET

MARK KENNEDY
AP Drama Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Bebe Neuwirth is going back to a familiar place on Broadway, but she's making a little razzle-dazzle history along the way.

Producers said Tuesday the Emmy- and Tony-winning former star of TV's "Cheers" will return to the Ambassador Theatre stage in "Chicago" but this time to play Matron "Mama" Morton. She starts Jan. 14 and ends her eight-week run on March 9.

Neuwirth won the Tony Award in 1997 for her portrayal of jazz-age killer Velma Kelly in the show and then returned 10 years later as merry murderess Roxie Hart. When she sinks her teeth into Morton, Neuwirth will have made history as the first actress to play all three female principal parts.


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