The Great White Way continues to heat up this summer as two-time Emmy Award nominee and celebrated TV personality Samantha Harris ("The Insider," "Dancing with the Stars") made her Broadway stage debut in the starring role of Roxie Hart in the Tony Award-winning hit musical CHICAGO for a six-week limited engagement on Tuesday, July 7th. Harris will appear in CHICAGO through Sunday, August 16, 2009 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.).
Best known to national primetime TV audiences as a correspondent and fill-in anchor on CBS's "The Insider" and as co-host of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," Harris will also star as Roxie Hart in the Greenville, South Carolina engagement of the CHICAGO national tour, Tuesday, August 18 through Sunday, August 23, 2009 at the Peace Center (300 S. Main St., Greenville).
Recently, Harris filled in for Meredith Vieira for one week as host of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire." Daytime TV viewers have also enjoyEd Harris's contributions as a special correspondent on ABC's "Good Morning America" and many guest co-host stints on ABC's "The View," as well as several appearances on CBS's "The Early Show." Prior to joining "The Insider," Harris was best known for her four years as a correspondent and fill-in anchor for E! News, where she also co-hosted all award show coverage for the network including Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmy Awards.
Harris also served as a full-time correspondent and the weekend co-host for the nationally syndicated entertainment news magazine "Extra." While there, she took to the stage performing with Cirque du Soleil, sang a duet with Wayne Newton during his live show in Las Vegas and danced her way into the arms of Patrick Swayze backstage while he performed in CHICAGO.
Harris's talents also extend to the stage. She appeared in the 23-city North American tour of Eric Idle Exploits Monty Python, where her comedic, vocal and dance performance electrified audiences at Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and other prestigious venues. She also starred on stage in the original L.A. cast of the award-winning Reefer Madness: The New "Hit" Musical. She is a four-time cover girl for Muscle & Fitness HERS and has graced the covers of Runway and Pregnancy & Newborn (while pregnant with her daughter) and most recently YOGAMOM, Fit Parent and Pilates Style. She has also been featured in many magazines including SHAPE, Health, US Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style, FHM and SELF as well as numerous ads and commercials.
Harris actively participates in various charity events, supporting the Revlon Run/Walk and What a Pair for cancer research, Operation Smile, P.S. Arts and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Michael, and their 19-month-old daughter. Visit Samantha Harris online at www.samantha-harris.com.
CHICAGO now plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). The regular performance schedule is as follows: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. Sunday evenings at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office. Regular Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.
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