Angelica Ross Will Be Initially Transgender Star Of Broadway’s ‘Chicago’ This Fall

Angelica Ross is officially Broadway-sure.

The “Pose” star will be part of the forged of the smash musical “Chicago” in the lead role of Roxie Hart, the show’s producers verified Thursday. She’ll turn out to be the show’s 1st transgender top woman.

Ross, whose performing credits also incorporate “American Horror Story,” will start out performances on Sept. 12. Her eight-7 days run is established to conclude on Nov. 6.

Her casting drew an enthusiastic response from admirers and fellow stars on the web.

“The identify on everybody’s lips is gonna be… Angelica Ross!” actor Wilson Cruz tweeted, referencing 1 of the tunes from the demonstrate. “Congratulations, enjoy!”

Included “MacGyver” star Alexandra Grey: “The ladies are on Broadway! Put us all over the place!! We are Right here! Congrats, sis.”

"Pose" and "American Horror Story" star Angelica Ross will join the cast of Broadway's "Chicago" for an eight-week run this fall.
“Pose” and “American Horror Story” star Angelica Ross will sign up for the cast of Broadway’s “Chicago” for an eight-7 days run this fall.

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Anthony Allen Ramos, who is GLAAD’s vice president of communications and talent, also praised the news in an email. Describing the role of Roxie as “one of the most recognizable, legendary, and beloved characters in the heritage of Broadway,” he extra, “A real talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her spectacular performing, singing and overall performance expertise.”

Ross herself supplied a much more subdued response, noting on Twitter that her pleasure was tempered by information that WNBA star Brittney Griner experienced been located guilty of drug possession in Russia.

This day is complete of blended emotions for me! I want to celebrate remaining on Broadway, but I do not come to feel like celebrating with #BrittneyGriner sentenced to 9 decades in jail. This environment is messed up. She does not deserve this.

— A N G E L I C A (@angelicaross) August 4, 2022

Gwen Verdon originated the part of Roxie when “Chicago” premiered on Broadway in 1975. When the present revival opened in 1996, the “merry murderess” turned aspiring showgirl was portrayed by Ann Reinking.

The 2002 film adaptation of the musical starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie. And earlier this yr, Pamela Anderson produced the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she took about the role, profitable rave assessments from critics.

Transgender representation in New York’s theater field has been step by step strengthening in the latest a long time. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint became the initially trans performer to originate a principal part on Broadway when she appeared in the Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head About Heels.”

And earlier this 12 months, L Morgan Lee been given rapturous acclaim ― and a historical past-producing Tony nomination ― for her general performance in “A Weird Loop.”

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