Angelica Ross will become the first transgender performer to lead ‘Chicago’ on Broadway
Angelica Ross, known for her appearances in “Pose” and “American Horror Story,” will join the cast of “Chicago” in September for her Broadway debut as lead Roxie Hart.
In doing so, Ross will be the first transgender woman to play the role on Broadway. The casting announcement comes months after L Morgan Lee became the first openly trans performer to be nominated for a Tony Award for ‘A Strange Loop’.
According to Playbill, Ross’ run is set to last eight weeks, from September 12 to November 6, at the Ambassador Theater.
The actor is best known for playing Candy in “Pose,” Ryan Murphy’s FX series set in New York’s 80s ballroom scene and featuring several trans actors. Last month, Ross released her debut single and music video, “Only You.” She is also president of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, which is an LGBTQ talent incubator focused on black, queer and trans people. She is a self-taught computer programmer and outspoken advocate for trans rights.
Ross’ Broadway debut marks a historic moment for Tony-award-winning musical revival, as she joins a small group of other openly trans performers in lead roles, including Alexandra Billings in ‘Wicked’, L Morgan Lee in ‘ A Strange Loop”, Kate Bornstein in “Straight White Men” and Peppermint from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in “Head Over Heels”.
The musical “Chicago” announced Ross’s arrival on the show in an Instagram post, garnering a lot of positive reactions from cast members and fans alike.
Cast member Lana Gordon, who plays Velma Kelly, commented “Wow!!!!!!❤❤❤” on the post, and performer and influencer Todrick Hall wrote, “This is exciting!!!”
Other recent additions to the “Chicago” cast have included Erich Bergen as Billy Flynn and Charity Angél Dawson as Matron “Mama” Morton.
“Chicago” debuted on Broadway in 1996 and is now the second-longest-running show in Broadway history, after “Phantom of the Opera.”
Several other Hollywood stars have taken on the role of Roxie, including Pamela Anderson earlier this year, Brooke Shields, Brandy, Lisa Rinna and Christie Brinkley. Ryoko Yonekura will play Roxie later this year, according to Broadway World.
This article first appeared on TODAY.com
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