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Carol Woods Reveals the Secret to Playing Chicago's Brassy Warden: 'If Mama’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy'

Carol Woods Reveals the Secret to Playing Chicago's Brassy Warden: 'If Mama’s Not Happy, Nobody’s Happy'
Carol Woods in 'Chicago'
'My Mama Morton is strictly a business woman, but she is also a fun-loving woman.'

Meet Chicago's long-standing keeper of the keys: Carol Woods, who has played the sassy warden Matron “Mama” Morton about 10 times in the Kander and Ebb musical on Broadway, and is currently wowing on the national tour. When it comes to ruling over the Cook County Jail, this actress truly enoys being the countess of the clink.

“My Mama Morton is strictly a business woman, but she is also a fun-loving woman,” Woods says. “It’s a musical, but it’s also called a play, and I love to play! I just have fun with this show.”

Currently playing at the Broward Center through October 20, Woods’ big number “When You’re Good to Mama” cracks her up nightly. “‘Don’t you know that this hand washes that one, too?’ As long as you pay me, Mama’s happy. If Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy.” Woods laughs. “Everybody gets it!”

Joining Woods on stage is John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn, Anne Horak as Roxie Hart, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly and Todd Buonapane as Amos Hart.

Set in the legendary city during the roaring “jazz hot” '20s, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail. A story of fame, fortune and seduction that has thrilled Broadway audiences for years, Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb that includes the hits “All That Jazz,” “Roxie” and “Razzle Dazzle.”