'Chicago' on the move

Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2002

NEW YORK (AP) -- ''Chicago," -- the musical -- is on the move.

Broadway's longest-running musical revival will transfer to the Ambassador Theatre Jan. 29 after more than five years at the much larger Shubert Theatre.

The show is moving to make way for the Bernadette Peters revival of ''Gypsy,'' which is expected to open next April at the Shubert. The theater is one of Broadway's most desirable locations. ''Chicago'' plays its last performance at the Shubert on Jan. 26.

The Ambassador has 1,125 seats compared to the Shubert's 1,521.

''Chicago'' originally opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 but moved to the Shubert the following year.

Charlotte d'Amboise stars in the show as accused murderess Roxie Hart. On Nov. 8, she will be joined by film actor Billy Zane as shady lawyer Billy Flynn and Caroline O'Connor, who appeared in the Australian production.


President of Crossroads Theatre Company resigns

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Rhinold Ponder has resigned as president of the financially troubled Crossroads Theatre Company, but will remain on its board of directors as a member of the theater's legal team.

Ponder, who held the post for more than two years, announced his decision in a statement Monday and declined further comment. He was succeeded by Marguerite Mitchell-Ivey of Piscataway, the board's first vice president.

''I believe we need someone in the forefront who can be received as an ambassador, not a tough advocate at this time,'' Ponder said. ''Many of us have worked too hard to risk jeopardizing the opening of Crossroads.''

The change is the latest in a series of moves at Crossroads, a Tony Award-winning black theater that closed in September 2000 because of a $2 million debt that has been reduced slightly in recent months.

Within the past five months, the company has fired Executive Director Leslie Michael Edwards without explanation, brought on Roberta Coleman of Franklin as a volunteer executive director and lost the lease at its 315-seat theater in New Brunswick.

Mitchell-Ivey told the Home News Tribune of East Brunswick that she hoped to meet this week with the New Brunswick Development Corp., which provides management and administrative support to the cultural center, to discuss a new lease.

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