Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko will join the cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway production Chicago, as announced on NBC’s Today show. Stojko will take on the role of slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn for just eight performances at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre. At the end of his Broadway engagement, Stojko will join the cast of Chicago’s North American tour beginning with its Toronto run, March 26-30 at the Prince of Wales Theatre.
Stojko’s accomplishments extend beyond the figure skating world. He guest starred as himself in an episode of The Simpsons as well as the animated Canadian series Chilly Beach. Film credits include Ice Angel and choreography/performing of skating sequences in the 2002 film Death to Smoochy. In addition to that, he released his debut CD entitled 100 Lifetimes.
In a statement Stojko shared, “People think of me as only a skater, but what they don’t know is that I love musicals. Now I finally have the chance to play a great role in one of the greatest musicals of all times. I’m very excited.”
Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart who is vying for fame and notoriety. After murdering her secret lover, she ends up on death row. The play details Roxie’s journey to obtain freedom and stardom when she hires acclaimed attorney Billy Flynn. Flynn uses a set of tactics and tricks (which may or may not be moral) to help Roxie get where she wants to be, thus bolstering her reputation and his own. The story originates from reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, who covered the trials of women accused of murder during the 1920′s.
The Kander and Ebb classic production is directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking. Other contributors include Scenic Designer John Lee Beatty, Costume Designer William Ivy Long, Lighting Designer Ken Billington, and Sound Designer Scott Lehrer.