Kate Wesler is grateful to be a part of the Chicago family and to be performing the role of Roxie Hart. Other recent Broadway national/international tour credits include Pippin (Fastrada) and Chicago (Go-to-Hell Kitty). When not onstage, Kate can be seen in the Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning Amazon series “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Other credits include originating the role of Kitt in the U.S. premiere of Betty Blue Eyes, 42nd Street (Peggy Sawyer), Singin’ in the Rain (Kathy Selden), South Pacific (Dinah Murphy) and The Producers in several regional productions. Recipient of the Roger Sturtevant Musical Theatre Award through Actors’ Equity Association, Kurt Weill Foundation for Music Emerging Artist Award, and YoungArts Award winner. Thanks to family, friends, and endless supporters and believers. Proud CCM grad and member of AEA and AGMA. You can follow her on Instagram: @kate.wesler. For more information, visit katewesler.com.
Hailing from the Broadway company, Terra is thrilled to be a part of Chicago on tour. Terra originated the role of Velma in the world French premiere of Chicago in both Montreal and Paris (Moliere nomination). Other credits include Chicago (Velma Kelly), Broadway, West End, national and international tours; Chicago (Roxie Hart), Moonlight Theatre; The Addams Family (Morticia), Moonlight Stage Productions; Spamalot (Lady of the Lake); Blood Brothers (Mrs. J.); The Producers (Ulla), The Vancouver Arts Club; Kiss of the Spider Woman (Spider Woman), L.A. Havok Theatre; Cats (Bombalurina) and The Pajama Game (Gladys), Musical Theatre West; West Side Story (Anita), New Orleans Opera and The Vancouver Arts Club (Jessie Award, Best Supporting Actress); Guys and Dolls (Adelaide), San Diego Musical Theatre; Damn Yankees (Lola); A Chorus Line (Cassie). Film/TV: The Lizzie Maguire Movie, The Reagans, “The Dead Zone,” “Jeremiah.” Thank you to the Chicago team, what an incredible ride this has been!!!! This is for my Rick, watching forever more in the wings and above. I forever more dance for us. www.terramacleod.com
Broadway: Les Misérables (Jean Valjean, West End 30th Anniversary, 25th Anniversary North American Tour; Marius in Broadway’s 10th Anniversary, China premiere). Other Broadway: South Pacific, The Phantom of the Opera, Baz Luhrmann’s La Bohème (Rodolfo), Miss Saigon (Chris), Cyrano – The Musical. Special Guest Star for Barbra Streisand’s 2007 European Concert Tour. TV: CBS telefilm Gypsy starring Bette Midler. New York University: B.S. in Education; University of British Columbia: M.F.A. in playwriting/screenwriting. For Melanie.
Broadway: Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), Chicago (Amos Hart). Regional: Oliver (Mr. Bumble), Arena Stage Washington, DC.; replaced Harvey Fierstein in Hairspray (Las Vegas); Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid (The Muny); Laurel and Hardy (West Coast premiere), Idaho (Las Vegas, Forestburgh Playhouse world premiere), Elf and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Paper Mill Playhouse), Hairspray (North Shore Music Theatre, Sacramento, The Muny, Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera, Theatre Under the Stars), Disney’s Aladdin (Tuacahn Center for the Arts), Minsky’s (Ahmanson Theatre, world premiere). Film: Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, The Princess Diaries 2, Good Boy!, Lilo & Stitch 2. TV: “Hairspray Live!,” “The Orville,” “MADtv,” “The Rerun Show,” “Raising Hope,” “Glee,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Hannah Montana,” “Arrested Development,” “Reno 911!,” “Maximum Bob.” Instagram: @paulcvogt Twitter: @Therealpaulvogt and www.paulcvogt.com
Jennifer Fouché is an ensemble member of New York’s critically acclaimed Amoralists Theatre Company and former member of The Bats. Some credits include Broadway: Chicago, national tour (Matron “Mama” Morton); Off-Broadway: Sistas: The Musical (Roberta, original Off-Broadway cast), Babes in Toyland (Train), Amerissiah (Carrie Murphey), B-Boy Blues (Grace Rivers). Regional: Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Nell), Rock of Ages (Justice), Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle), Hamlet (The Player Queen), Julius Caesar (Brutus). Television: “Jessica Jones,” “Quantico,” “Smash,” “The Mysteries of Laura,” “Person of Interest.” Film: Crown Heights, Judy’s Child, White Pickett Fence. Jennifer is thrilled to be back on the Cellblock! www.jenniferfouche.com
Excited to be reunited with my Chicago family! Huge thank you to Stewart/Whitley, Dulcina Eisen Associates, and, of course, my supportive parents Scott and Debby. Previous accolades include Broadway’s Chicago (Ambassador Theatre, NY) and winner of SVT’s 7th season of “Allt För Sverige.” Instagram: @d.ratell
Four Broadway shows including original Tony-winning companies of La Cage aux Folles and Jerome Robbins’ Broadway. Multiple national/international tours and productions. TV highlights: “Fame” with Debbie Allen, “The Tracey Ullman Show,” voice of Odd in “Code Lyoko,” performing on the Tony Awards in each of the last three decades. ChristopheCaballero.com
Taylor Collins is honored to be returning to the Chicago family. NY: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Tour: A Chorus Line, Catch Me If You Can. Off-Broadway: Chautauqua! B.F.A.: Pace University. Thanks, Avalon Artists Group. Love Mom, Dad, Britt, Josie, Diego. @taylorcollins5
Seth Danner is beyond thrilled to be returning to Chicago! Many thanks to David, Walter, Andrew, Benton, and my family and friends for their unending love and support! Proud Actors’ Equity Association member. B.F.A.: Syracuse University. Instagram: @wsethdanner
Kyle DuPree is ready to razzle dazzle ‘em! Off-Broadway: Fabulous! The Queen of New Musical Comedies. Tours: Mamma Mia!, Beauty and the Beast. Regional: Newsies, Shrek The Musical, Mamma Mia!, A Christmas Carol. Holland America Line dancer/aerialist. University of the Arts alumni. Thank you creative team, love to family and friends! Dreams do come true. @kyle_smile
Andrew Eckert is thrilled to join Chicago! Tours: An American in Paris, Mary Poppins. Regional: Walnut Street Theatre, Riverside Theatre, The Muny. Thank you to Walter, David, Stewart/Whitley, agent Lucille DiCampli, my amazing family (especially Mom and Dad) and Igor. @andrewreckert
National tour: Guys and Dolls. International tour: West Side Story (50th Anniversary). Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar Gospel. Company: Ballethnic Dance Company, Atlanta Ballet (Guest Artist). Eternal love and thanks to my parents for always believing in me.
National Tours: Chicago (Aaron, Doctor/Judge), Beauty and the Beast (Swing, u/s Lefou) Other credits: Hairspray, Dreamgirls, 42nd Street. Love and gratitude to the Chicago family, Stewart/Whitley, my family, friends, and Chooch! Always have courage and be kind. @anthonyjaylag
Proud Chicagoan. National tour debut. Regional credits: Memphis, Nunsense, Rent (Gateway Playhouse). Off-Broadway: Me The People. Boston Conservatory alum. Thank you, TPG, Stewart/Whitley, and the most remarkable woman in the world without whom my world wouldn’t exist, Mom. AlexaJaneLowis.com
National tour: An American in Paris (Swing). Off-Broadway: Wonderful Town, The Gallery Players. Regional: Ogunquit Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Riverside Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Cabrillo Music Theatre. TV: “Hart of Dixie.” UCLA-TFT: B.A. The creator of Bulletproof Bette: bulletproofbette.com. Alida would like to thank her family, the Chicago team, Stewart/Whitley, Avalon Artists Group and her amazing partner Doug Besterman. @bulletproofbette @alidamichal15
National tour debut! Regional: West Side Story (Big Deal), La Cage aux Folles (Chantal), Cats (Munkustrap), American Idiot (Will), Next to Normal (Gabe). Proud Elon University graduate. Love and light to The Mine, my family and dear friends. www.grantpaylor.com
Broadway/NY credits: The Lion King; A Christmas Carol, MSG. Other credits: A New Day starring Celine Dion, Dance Captain, Las Vegas; Cats, Hamburg; Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration, MSG; The Wiz, Spamalot, Raleigh, NC; Damn Yankees, national tour; and Fame, North American tour. Sending my love to my friends and family home in Hampton Roads, Virginia for your constant love and support!
Regional/tour: Gypsy (Dainty June, Riverside Theatre/Engeman Theater); Saturday Night Fever (Walnut Street Theatre); The Sound of Music (national tour); Kiss Me, Kate (Lois/Bianca); The Who’s Tommy (Theatre Under the Stars); Peter Pan (Syracuse Stage). B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, Syracuse University. For Dad.
Matthew Winnegge is so thrilled to be returning to Chicago! New York City: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Casa Mañana Theatre, KC Starlight Theatre, Stages St. Louis, Arkansas Repertory Theatre. Thanks to Stewart/Whitley & Co., Hilary and the Davids! Love to family and friends. Instagram: @mjwinnegge
Regional: Bullets Over Broadway (Phoenix Theatre), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Pittsburgh Public Theater), Oklahoma! (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre). International: Hinton Battle American Variety Bang (NGK Theatre), Chicago (Royal Caribbean Productions). This one is for her parents and fiancé! Thanks to CTG! @mocolives
The John Kander and Fred Ebb collaboration of four decades has created what many would consider Broadway standards and contemporary classics: Flora the Red Menace, Cabaret (Tony Award), The Happy Time, Zorba, 70 Girls 70, Chicago, The Act, Woman of the Year (Tony Award, Best Score), The Rink, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award, Best Score) and Steel Pier. Their collaboration also transferred itself to movies and television as they wrote original material for the Academy Awards, “Liza with a Z” (Emmy Award), HBO’s “Liza Minelli’s Stepping Out” (Emmy Award), Funny Lady (Oscar Nominated for “How Lucky Can You Get”), Lucky Lady, New York, New York, Stepping Out and Chicago (Oscar nominated for Best Song). In the mid 80’s the song “New York New York” becoming the official anthem of New York City. At the time of the unfortunate death of Mr. Ebb, Kander and Ebb had several projects in different stages of completion waiting in the wings: The Visit, All About Us, Curtains and Minstrel Show. Life goes on.
Chicago is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.
A director, choreographer, dancer, and actor for films and stage, Fosse was especially famous for his innovative and spectacular staging, with the emphasis on exhilarating dance sequences. Bob Fosse began his career in Chicago where he studied ballet, tap, and acrobatic dance from an early age. While still a teenager, he performed with a partner as the Riff Brothers in vaudeville and burlesque theatres. After graduating from high school in 1945, he spent two years in the U.S. Navy before moving to New York and studying acting at the American Theatre Wing. He then toured in the chorus of various productions before making his Broadway debut in the musical revue Dance Me a Song. As a dancer, he performed in two long-running musicals,Call Me Mister and Make Mine Manhattan, followed by such Hollywood films as Give a Girl a Break and Kiss Me Kate. As a choreographer, his first show-stopping number was “Steam Heat” from The Pajama Game. This he followed with such hits as Damn Yankees with Gwen Verdon, Bells Are Ringing with Judy Holiday, New Girl in Town again with Gwen Verdon, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying with Robert Morse. He began his career as a director and choreographer with Redhead with Gwen Verdon, Little Me with Sid Caesar, and two more Gwen Verdon musicals, Sweet Charity and CHICAGO. He also staged the innovative musical smash Pippin, the highly successful dance revue Dancin’, and the 1986 musical Big Deal. For the screen, Fosse directed the films Sweet Charity with Shirley MacLaine, All That Jazz with Roy Scheider, Lenny with Dustin Hoffman, Star 80 with Eric Roberts, and, most spectacularly, Cabaret with Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey. In 1973, Bob Fosse had the distinction of winning the three highest awards in three different media. He won a Tony Award for the musical Pippin, an Oscar for the film Cabaret, and an Emmy Award for the television special “Liza With a Z”. In 1960, he married his third wife, Gwen Verdon. From that union came his only child, a daughter Nicole. During the Washington D.C. run of one of his most successful shows, Sweet Charity, he died of a heart attack. This occurred shortly before the curtain went up on the night of September 23, 1987.
Walter Bobbie directed Bright Star, Venus in Fur, The Landing, Golden Age, School for Lies, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Chicago, The Submission,The Savannah Disputation, New Jerusalem, High Fidelity, The Other Woman, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, Sweet Charity, Twentieth Century, Footloose, Durang Durang, For Whom the Southern Belle Tolls and A Grand Night For Singing. He was artistic director of City Center Encores! where he also directed Fiorello!; Chicago; Tenderloin; Golden Boy; No, No, Nanette; and Zorba!, as well as the Carnegie Hall concerts of South Pacific and Carousel. Mr. Bobbie previously served for 12 years on the Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. He is the recipient of Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Tony Awards.
Ann Reinking has received the 1997 Tony Award, Best Choreography for CHICAGO, as well as the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Astaire, and NY Drama Critics Awards. Other credits include Director, co-choreographer for Fosse (1998 Tony Award for Best Musical); Tony nominations for her leading performances in Dancin’ and Goodtime Charlie; recipient of the Theatre World, Clarence Derwent and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her work as Maggie in Over Here! Film credits: All That Jazz; Annie; Micki and Maude and Movie, Movie. Recent choreography credits include Suite Kander for Missouri State Ballet, Ritmo & Ruido for Ballet Hispanico, Lengends for Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, The Threepenny Opera for Williamstown Theatre Festival, Nilsson/schmillson for Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theatre, “Bye Bye Birdie” for ABC-TV, national tour revival of Applause. She is the recipient of the Drama League Award for Distinguished Achievement in Musical Theatre 1999, Musical Hall of Fame Award 1999, Dance Library of Israel Award 1998, Distinguished Artist Award 1998, School of American Ballet Artistic Achievement Award 1997, National Art Club Award for Service to the Arts 1995, and the Governor’s Award-Ambassador of the Arts for the state of Florida 1994.
Broadway: A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, The Sisters Rosensweig, The Most Happy Fella, Burn This, Penn And Teller, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Tally’s Folly, Fifth Of July, Crimes Of The Heart, Baby, and Anna Christie, among many others. Off-Broadway: Sylvia, The Cryptogram, The Destiny Of Me, The Substance Of Fire, The Road To Mecca, Song Of Singapore, Lips Together, Teeth Apart, A Life In The Theatre, 20 seasons at MTC and Circle Rep. Major regional theatres, film opera and TV. Recipient of Tony, Obie, Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle Awards. Graduate: Brown and Yale.
William Ivey Long has designed costumes for over 70 Broadway productions. Select credits include The Prince of Broadway, A Bronx Tale: The Musical, On the Twentieth Century, Cabaret (2014 and 1998 revivals), Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Hairspray, The Producers, The Boy From Oz, Contact, Crazy for You, Guys and Dolls, Nine. He was recently nominated for an Emmy Award for his work on Grease: Live! for the FOX television network, and designed costumes for The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s do the Time Warp Again, also for FOX. He has designed costumes for Mick Jagger, Siegfried and Roy, the Pointer Sisters and Joan Rivers.. Mr. Long has won 6 Tony Awards, with 15 nominations. He recently completed a 4 year elected term as Chairman of the American Theatre Wing, and was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in January 2006.
Almost 100 Broadway shows including Chaplin; Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway; The Scottsboro Boys; [title of show]; White Christmas; Drowsy Chaperone; Footloose; Sweeney Todd; Sondheim on Sondheim; Side by Side by Sondheim; Sunday in the Park With George (’08); Chicago (Tony Award); Annie (’97); Hello, Dolly! (’95); Fiddler on the Roof (’76, ’81, ’90). Tours include 9 to 5, High School Musical, Annie. Other: Riverdance (lighting supervisor), Radio City Christmas Spectacular (’79-’06), “Smash” for NBC, SeaWorld Parks’ One Ocean and Shamu Celebration, Tavern on the Green (’14). Awards: Tony, Drama Deck, Outer Critics, Lumen, Ace.
Broadway: Angels In America, My Favorite Year, Once On This Island, The Most Happy Fella, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Heidi Chronicles, Prelude To A Kiss, I Hate Hamlet. Recent work: A Fair Country at Lincoln Center and ENCORES!, Fiorello!, Lady in the Dark and all 1995 and ’96 Encores! productions at City Center. Off-B’way: Hapgood, Putting It Together, The Last Yankee, Three Hotels, Assassins, Isn’t it Romantic?, The Substance Of Fire, Geniuses and Terra Nova.
CHICAGO, Little Me, Funny Girl, Golden Boy, Pippin and Sweet Charity. Film credits include Academy Awards for Cabaret and All That Jazz. Won the Italian Oscar for Movie and the Emmy for “Baryshnikov on Broadway.”
Projects include the libretto for Steel Pier (1997 Tony nomination), co-conceiving And The World Goes ’round (Drama Desk and Outer Critics’ Circle awards), new librettos for the highly successful Off-Broadway and London revivals of Flora, The Red Menace and 70, Girls, 70. Co-created PBS Great Performances “Sondheim – A Celebration at Carnegie Hall” and wrote the recent documentary “Razzle Dazzle.”
Rob Fisher was the original conductor and music director for CHICAGO and its Grammy-Award winning cast album and now supervises all CHICAGO companies worldwide. He has been the music director and conductor of City Center’s Tony Award-winning Encores! series since its inception in 1994. Other credits: four seasons of Garrison Kellor’s radio broadcasts, numerous concerts at Carnegie Hall, New York City Opera, two evenings in the East Room of the White House, several programs for “PBS Great Performances,” guest appearances conducting orchestras around the U.S. and over 20 recordings. Broadway and national tour credits include: Threepenny Opera starring Sting, Me And My Girl, A History Of American Film, A Day In Hollywood/a Night In Ukraine, Little John Jones and Big River.
Andrew Bryan returns to Chicago after conducting this award-winning production on Broadway, across North America and Japan. He has a long association with Les Misérables, having conducted the national tour and numerous subsequent productions. For Choreographer Matthew Bourne and his acclaimed dance company, New Adventures, he was Music Director of Edward Scissorhands (NYC and U.S. tour) and Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake (U.S. tour). Other highlights: Disney’s When You Wish; An American in Paris; Dreamgirls; Miss Saigon; Billy Elliot; Sister Act; Big River; Hello, Dolly!; Chess and West Side Story. Regional: Alley Theatre, Broadway at Music Circus in Sacramento, North Shore Music Theatre, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma and Music Theatre West. Former Assistant Conductor for Nashville Ballet and Nashville Opera.
Composing, conducting, arranging or pianist credits include My Fair Lady; The Sound Of Music; Carnival; Hello, Dolly!; 1776; Chicago; Annie; Barnum; Baby; My One And Only; Crazy For You; and Swingin’ On A Star. Film: Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom, Zelig, 1776, Mame, Annie, and Stepping Out.
Broadway: Chicago, Pippin, In the Heights, Say Goodnight Gracie, The Rocky Horror Show. National tours: Avenue Q, In the Heights, Doubt, Copenhagen, Say Goodnight Gracie, Saturday Night Fever. Member of Actors’ Equity Association since 1991. New York State Licensed Veterinary Technician.
Brian Westmoreland has toured extensively with Chicago since 2012. Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera, A Doll’s House, Juan Darien. Tours: Chicago, The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Fiddler on the Roof (30th anniversary), Annie Warbucks. Regional: Crossroads Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Gateway Playhouse. Dance: Dance Theatre of Harlem, Connecticut Ballet, Eliot Feld’s Ballet Tech. UCLA graduate.
Gay Merwin is happy to rejoin the Chicago tour on another adventure. Broadway: Rent, The Dinner Party, Miss Saigon, Cabaret, Chicago, Cats, Topdog/Underdog. Off-Broadway: Steve Martin’s The Underpants, Bat Boy: The Musical, Falsettoland. Tours: Chicago; Mamma Mia!; An Inspector Calls; Promises, Promises.
Barry & Fran Weissler are the recipients of seven Tony Awards: Othello starring James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer; Fiddler on the Roof with Topol; Gypsy with Tyne Daly; Annie Get Your Gun with Bernadette Peters and Reba McEntire; the 2010 revival of La Cage aux Folles with Kelsey Grammer; the 2013 revival of Pippin (currently on tour); and Chicago, the longest-running American musical on both Broadway and the West End. Other Broadway credits include Zorba, My One and Only, Falsettos, Grease, Seussical, Wonderful Town, Sweet Charity and The Scottsboro Boys. Executive producers of Finding Neverland. Their newest hit, Waitress, currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, stars Tony winner Jessie Mueller and features an original score by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.
Alecia Parker serves as executive producer of all worldwide productions of Chicago, Pippin, Finding Neverland and Waitress, the new Broadway musical. Currently licensing Once the Musical internationally. Other credits, spanning more than 30 years, include executive producer of La Cage aux Folles, The Scottsboro Boys, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, Seussical; associate producer of Annie Get Your Gun, My Thing of Love, Grease, My Fair Lady, Falsettos, Fiddler on the Roof, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cabaret, Zorba starring Anthony Quinn. She is the proud mother of Michael Parker – Atlantic Records.
Duncan Stewart CSA & Benton Whitley CSA. BROADWAY/NY: The Great Comet, On The Town, Pippin, Chicago The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Carnegie Hall West Side Story, The Band Wagon, Pageant; WEST END/UK: Thriller Live, Menier Chocolate Factory; TOURS: Finding Neverland, Into the Woods, Once, Shrek, Elf, Flashdance, Anything Goes, Bullets Over Broadway, We Will Rock You; UPCOMING: Prince of Egypt, Back Home Again, Waterfall, August Rush; REGIONAL: American Repertory Theater, The Alley Theatre, Bay Street Theater, Theatre Under the Stars (TUTS), Hollywood Bowl, TheatreWorks, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Royal Caribbean. Casting Associate Andrea Zee CSA & Casting Assistant Danny Dunitz. stewartwhitley.com