Christie Brinkley is not, by any stretch, a Broadway actress. Lucky for her, she has two quality co-stars in John O'Hurley and Amra-Faye Wright carrying her throughout the latest production of Chicago, the Broadway musical that comes to the Wang Theatre in Boston from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4.
Brinkley, the 58-year-old supermodel who could pass for 30 on stage, doesn't ruin an otherwise superlative production with her over-excitable portrayal as starry-eyed murderess Roxie Hart, but she does look out of place; an analogy to Michael Jordan attempting to play baseball doesn't seem too far-fetched. Her pitchy, narrow-ranging voice is her most obvious weakness, especially in her solo songs like "Roxie," in which she sounds like Marla Hooch drunkenly huffing "It Had To Be You" at a bar in A League of Her Own. Her sexy-but-simple choreography masks her dancing deficiency, and the voices of her costars usually make up for her own in their duets, but she doesn't measure up to the standard that O'Hurley and Wright set as Billy Flynn and Velma Kelly.
O'Hurley, best known for his role as J. Peterman on Seinfeld, is great as slick lawyer Billy Flynn, applying his perfect comedic timing to all the play's best lines and bringing the house down in its best song, the showstopping "We Both Reached for the Gun." But the real star of the show is Wright, who embodies the role of Velma by slinking across the stage with grace, power and a fantastic singing voice. She starts the show off on a high note with "All That Jazz," keeps it up during the "Cell Block Tango" and ends with a flourish during the finale, where she and Brinkley share the stage as partners in crime, though everyone in the audience can tell who is the mastermind and who is just along for the ride.
Tickets are available starting at $48.75 at www.citicenter.org.