Ashlee Simpson to star in ‘Chicago’ at Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood stars on stage

(Peter Kramer / Getty Images) Also By David Ng July 8, 2013, 2:23 p.m. Ashlee Simpson — pop star, reality TV veteran and younger sister to uber-celebrity Jessica Simpson — will play the role of Roxie Hart in the production of the musical “Chicago” at the Hollywood Bowl this month. Simpson, whose dating life is regularly covered by online gossip sites, won’t be playing Roxie for the first time. The singer previously appeared in “Chicago” on London’s West End and in the long-running Broadway revival at the Ambassador Theatre. As previously announced, “True Blood” actor Stephen Moyer will play Billy Flynn and ” Les Mis erables” actress Samantha Barks will take the role of Velma Kelly. The supporting cast will feature Drew Carey as Amos Hart, Roxie’s husband, and former “Xena: Warrior Princess” star Lucy Lawless as Mama Morton.
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Hollywood bowing to China’s clout

aThe problem it has is with Chinese unpredictability.a Still, said Stephen Tropiano, professor of screen studies at a Los Angeles-based program run by New Yorkas Ithaca College, U.S. filmmakers may find that they have little choice but to adapt to the new Chinese reality, particularly as U.S. box office take a $2.7 billion in 2012, 60 per cent from foreign films a climbs irrevocably past the current U.S./Canada figure of some $10 billion.
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