Update as of Nov. 17: Lane will now begin performances on Nov. 17.
James T. Lane will take on the role of Amos Hart in the long-running revival of “Chicago.” Lane will begin performances on Nov. 21. He will replace Raymond Bokhour, who has played multiple engagements as Amos since 2001.
Lane is no stranger to the world of “Chicago”’s Cook County. Previously, he played several ensemble roles and, earlier this year, completed a tenure as Billy Flynn.
Lane’s casting marks only the second time an actor has been contracted in both of “Chicago”’s leading male roles, Amos Hart and Billy Flynn, on Broadway. Three-time Tony Award nominee Christopher Fitzgerald was the first actor to do so. Lane is also the first known Black actor to play Amos full-time on the Main Stem.
Having made his Broadway debut as Richie in the 2006 revival of “A Chorus Line,” Lane’s additional Main Stem credits include Paul in 2019’s “Kiss Me, Kate” revival, Ozie Powell and Ruby Bates in “The Scottsboro Boys” and the ensemble of “King Kong.”
The current cast of the Ambassador Theatre’s long-time tenant includes Charlotte d’Amboise as Roxie Hart, Kimberly Marable as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, Bokhour as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Completing the company are David Bushman, Max Clayton, Christine Cornish, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Denny Paschall, Khori Michelle Petinaud, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert and Michael Scirrotto. Casting is by ARC/Duncan Stewart and Patrick Maravilla.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, “Chicago” celebrated its 27th year on Broadway on Nov. 14. It is the second-longest running Broadway show in history, and the longest-running revival ever to hit the Main Stem.