Chicago performances starring Springer will begin June 1 and run until July 11 -- right in the midst of America's Got Talent's summer broadcast run on NBC.
"I love doing different things in my life. I can't think of anyone with a luckier life than I've had. I'm 65, and when someone comes to you and says, 'Would you like to be in a play on the West End?', particularly one with the impact of Chicago -- wow, you'd be crazy to say no," said Spring at a London press conference, according to Playbill.
"And the role of Billy Flynn is actually one I'm reasonably comfortable with. I know enough about the character, not just being from Chicago but I'm a lawyer and I'm also in show business. There are elements of the character that I can draw upon I think -- I hope I'm not being naive with this -- like talking to the jury and the putting on of a big show."
Springer added that should his West End performance be well-received, he wouldn't mind moving on to Broadway.
"Who wouldn't want to be on Broadway, just like who wouldn't want to be on the West End?" said Springer, according to Playbill. "Let's see how comfortable I am doing this, but it's not beyond imagination that if this works well and I'm really enjoying it, to do a stint in this role."
The actors that will appear with Springer in Chicago have not yet been announced.
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