Brooke Shields has performed in both the Broadway and London production of “Chicago,” but this summer she’ll find herself directing a production of the musical at the Hollywood Bowl.
The new staging will run at the legendary Los Angeles venue July 26-28. No casting has yet been announced, and the only other creative team member revealed at this point is Rob Fisher, who will conduct the orchestra. Shields said in a statement that she has worked with Fisher many times before.
“I have been inspired by working with Rob Fisher on many projects and his belief in me and my talent has been a true blessing,” she said. “He has asked more of me than any other Musical Director and it is why I have achieved more than I ever dreamt possible. My passion for Chicago began decades ago, purely as a fan. Years later, after having a dance session with Annie Reinking, she asked me to join the Chicago company.
“I will never forget her endorsement of me. I have performed in the show in London and on Broadway and get excited by the score from the moment the Overture begins. I have repeatedly been surprised by how current the piece remains and how relevant the themes are. The score, the choreography and the book are, I believe, some of the best and most enduring ever. I am honored to have asked to make my directorial debut on such an important musical, and one that is so dear to my heart.”
Fishers association with the musical began in 1996 with the Broadway revival directed by Walter Bobbie that starred Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton. That production went on to win a Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical the following year.
The Hollywood Bowl recently has presented a number of hit musicals, including “Rent,” “ Hairspray” and “The Producers/”