Plenty of actresses with good lungs and great legs have played Velma Kelly, the publicity-hungry killer in “Chicago,” now the longest-running revival in Broadway history. But Amra-Faye Wright, who has been in and out of the New York cast since 2006, will be the first to do the part in English on Broadway and then in Japanese overseas.
Between high kicks and all those versions of “All That Jazz,” she has been learning Velma’s lines and lyrics in a language she didn’t know at all until a few months ago. She headed to Japan on Friday to begin rehearsals for the part in a production that will play in Tokyo and Hyogo.
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