You can add director to Brooke Shields’ long resume. The actress will helm Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl this July, the show’s producers announced Tuesday. The annual summer musical will play at the Bowl in Los Angeles for only three performances: July 26, 27, and 28.
Though best known for her film and TV roles, Shields is hardly a newcomer to the stage. She starred in the Broadway and West End productions of Chicago as Roxie Hart and also performed on Broadway in the Wonderful Town, Grease!, and Cabaret. The Bowl production will be her first time directing. Rob Fisher, supervising music director of the various official Chicago productions around the world, will conduct the musical.
“I have been inspired by working with Rob Fisher on many projects and his belief in me and my talent has been a true blessing. He has asked more of me than any other Musical Director and it is why I have achieved more than I ever dreamt possible,” Shields said in the announcement. “I have performed in the show in London and on Broadway and get excited by the score from the moment the Overture begins. I have repeatedly been surprised by how current the piece remains and how relevant the themes are. The score, the choreography and the book are, I believe, some of the best and most enduring ever. I am honored to have asked to make my directorial debut on such an important musical, and one that is so dear to my heart.”
Shields isn’t the first actor to direct a Bowl musical. Back in 2010, How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris directed Rent at the historic outdoor venue, which he had previously starred in on the national tour. No additional casting or crew information for Chicago was announced.