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CHICAGO DELAY FOR BRINKLEY
CHICAGO THE MUSICAL has been forced to announce that the London West End stage debut of supermodel Christie Brinkley has been temporarily delayed due to family ill health.
Christie Brinkley made her triumphant Broadway debut as Roxie Hart earlier this year, and is set to reprise it in the London production of CHICAGO THE MUSICAL for a four-week engagement beginning Monday 11 July. On Wednesday, the eve of her scheduled departure from the U.S., her mother, Marge Brinkley, was admitted into hospital to undergo an emergency medical procedure.
Ms. Brinkley is sorry to be disappointing all her London fans, but hopes they understand that she must be with her parents during this critical time. In a statement, Christie Brinkley said, “I am very sorry for the inconvenience and changes to the schedule in London. I thank my producers and new cast mates for being so flexible and understanding and I look forward to giving it my all in dedication to my loving, generous and supportive parents who set me on this ‘Broadway Adventure’, which now leads me to London’s prestigious West End, when my Dad said, ‘TAKE IT!’.”
Amra-Faye Wright, who starred opposite Ms. Brinkley on Broadway in the role of Velma Kelly, will return to the West End production on 11 July as scheduled. The production’s current Roxie Hart, Sarah Soetaert, will continue in the role until Ms. Brinkley joins the company.
Now in its 14th year in the West End, the Olivier Award-winning CHICAGO THE MUSICAL is playing at the Cambridge Theatre.