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AMRA ON BROADWAY (article first published : 2005-12-6)

In yet another Broadway debut of a foreign star of the Broadway hit Chicago, producers Barry and Fran Weissler will bring Amra-Faye Wright to star as Velma Kelly from January 16 to March 26 2006. She will star opposite Robin Givens, who will also be making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart.

London-based Amra-Faye Wright played the role of Velma Kelly with Chicago’s UK touring company before playing the same role in the South African staged production of Chicago earlier this year. The American producers, Barry and Fran Weissler visited South Africa where they saw Amra-Faye perform at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town. They were so impressed by her highly talented performance that they offered her the same role with the current London Company at the Adelphi Theatre on London’s West End.

“Not only is Amra-Faye an incredible performer with tremendous talent, she is also a wonderful person whose dedication to making each performance her very best is to be admired,” says Hazel Feldman, SA Producer of Chicago – The Musical. “Amra-Faye has made South Africa proud and she is a shining example to our local performers. We wish her the best of success in her Broadway role.”

Amra-Faye’s other credits include: Footloose (UK Tour), Sandy in Grease (South Africa), Sheila in A Chorus Line (South Africa) and Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk (London). She has written and performed many of her own one-woman shows including It’s Not Where I Star!, Drinks on Me and Rouge Pulp.

Other foreign stars of the show brought to New York to make their Broadway debuts have included Ute Lemper (UK), Ruthie Henshall (UK), Denise Van Outen (UK), Anna Montenaro (Germany, Austria), Petra Nielson (Sweden), Bianca Marroquin (Mexico), Marti Pellow (UK) and Pia Dowes (Holland).

Chicago is currently in its 10th year at the Ambassador Theatre, 219 West 49th St. New York.




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