Nothing like a little star power to keep Broadway exciting, and there's a double dose of it coming up in January. Film star Cuba Gooding Jr. rejoins the cast of "Chicago" on Jan. 7, while Tony nominee Adam Pascal will star as Edward Lewis in "Pretty Woman: The Musical" for just one week, from Jan. 15 through Jan. 20.
Gooding, 50, will play Billy Flynn, a role he originated in the London production now at the Phoenix Theatre on the West End. The Oscar winner (1996's "Jerry Maguire") who made his Broadway debut in 2013 starring with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams in the revival of "The Trip to Bountiful," will remain with the show through Feb. 10.
Pascal, 48, who scored a Tony nomination for his role in the 1996 production of "Rent," will replace Andy Karl, who's taking a short vacation from his role as the high-powered businessman who falls for Vivian, the hooker with a heart of gold, played by Samantha Barks. "I always love a reason to come back to Broadway," said Pascal in a statement. "Singing this score opposite Samantha Barks in this sexy, romantic musical for eight performances was a no brainer."