Samantha Barks Heading to ‘Chicago’ at the Hollywood Bowl & Recording Academy Honors 2013

samanthabarks-chicago-062013Samantha Barks has stayed busy lately working on movies, but she’ll be heading back to the stage in July.

It was just announced that Samantha will be playing Velma Kelly in the Hollywood Bowl production of Chicago. Joining her will be Drew Carey as Amos, Lucy Lawless as Mama Morton, and Stephen Moyer as Billy. A special announcement will be made at a later date to announce the casting of Roxie Hart.

Samantha took to twitter to share her excitement about the role:

https://twitter.com/SamanthaBarks/status/347886246128914433

The production will be directed by Brooke Shields who said, “I have a great feeling about this entire cast. I am excited for everyone to see how brilliant Samantha Barks is on stage. We’ve seen Stephen Moyer sing on True Blood – and that dark, sexy side of Billy will be well served by him. Drew played the Dad in Hairspray at the Bowl two years ago, and he will bring not only comedy but depth to our Amos. I wouldn’t say no to anything Lucy Lawless ordered me to do…as “Mama” or in life!! And let’s not forget the most exciting character … the Bowl itself!”

CHICAGO will have three performances at the Hollywood Bowl – Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27 at 8:00pm, and Sunday, July 28 at 7:30pm. Subscriptions and single tickets are available now for the Hollywood Bowl 2013 summer season at HollywoodBowl.com or Ticketmaster.com, or via phone at 323.850.2000 or800.745.3000 and in person at the Hollywood Bowl Box Office. For more information, please call 323.850.2000.

In addition, Samantha will reunite with her Les Miserables co-star Aaron Tveit at the Recording Academy Honors 2013. It will also feature GRAMMY-winners Michael Bolton, Kristian Bush and David Caddick, GRAMMY-nominee Joan Osborne, Stephanie J. Block, American Idol Music Director Ray Chew, singer-songwriters Peter Cincotti and Frankie Moreno, Island Def Jam Music Group President Steve Bartels, IMG Founder Charles Hamlen, and entertainment and media entrepreneur Kevin Liles.

The star studded gala will celebrate honorees Ashford & Simpson, GRAMMY-winning violinist Joshua Bell, GRAMMY-winning artist Melissa Etheridge, GRAMMY-winning creators of “LES MISERABLES” – Alain Boublil, Herbert Kretzmer and Claude-Michel Schönberg – and R&B singer/songwriter Trey Songz. The Recording Academy Honors was established to celebrate outstanding individuals whose work embodies excellence and integrity and who have improved the environment for the creative community. The event, which will attract recording artists, key entertainment executives and community leaders, will be hosted Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 6 p.m. at 583 Park Avenue. This gala will support the Chapter’s ongoing advocacy, education and professional development programs.

Congrats Samantha!