Angelica Ross to Play Roxie Hart in Chicago

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 13: Angelica Ross attends the 27th Annual Critics Choice Awards at Fairmont Century Plaza on March 13, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Angelica Ross is making her Broadway debut! On Thursday, “Chicago”‘s official Instagram account introduced that the “Pose” actor can be starring because the one and solely Roxie Hart within the musical starting Sept. 12. “The title on all people’s lips is gonna be . . . A N G E L I C A!,” the account captioned a photograph of Ross as Roxie.

Ross additionally reacted to the information on Twitter, writing, “This present day is stuffed with blended emotions for me! I wish to rejoice being on Broadway, however I do not really feel like celebrating with #BrittneyGriner sentenced to 9 years in jail. This world is tousled. She would not deserve this.” Brittney Griner, an American basketball participant for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, was sentenced to 9 years in jail by a Russian court docket after she was discovered responsible of drug smuggling with felony intent, Reuters reported on Aug. 4.

Ross’s flip as Roxie marks the primary time an brazenly trans actor has taken on the lead function. “‘Chicago’s’ Roxie Hart is among the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters within the historical past of Broadway, and a real expertise like Angelica Ross will delight audiences along with her spectacular appearing, singing and efficiency abilities,” GLAAD VP of Communications & Expertise Anthony Allen Ramos stated in a press launch. “Angelica can also be a revered chief within the transgender group, and joins L Morgan Lee as trans ladies of colour at the moment starring on Broadway.”

Ross now joins the ranks of earlier stars who’ve stepped into Roxie’s footwear, together with Pamela Anderson, Ashlee Simpson Ross, Michelle Williams, and Gwen Verdon, who originated the function.

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