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

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Associated Press

Posted on December 17, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 17 at 12:05 PM

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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