Angelica Ross is formally Broadway-bound.
The “Pose” star will be part of the forged of the smash musical “Chicago” within the lead function of Roxie Hart, the present’s producers confirmed Thursday. She’ll turn into the present’s first transgender main girl.
Ross, whose appearing credit additionally embody “American Horror Story,” will start performances on Sept. 12. Her eight-week run is ready to conclude on Nov. 6.
Her casting drew an enthusiastic response from followers and fellow celebrities on-line.
“The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be… Angelica Ross!” actor Wilson Cruz tweeted, referencing one of many songs from the present. “Congratulations, love!”
Added “MacGyver” star Alexandra Gray: “The girls are on Broadway! Put us everywhere!! We are HERE! Congrats, sis.”
Anthony Allen Ramos, who’s GLAAD’s vp of communications and expertise, additionally praised the information in an e mail. Describing the function of Roxie as “one of the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters in the history of Broadway,” he added. “A true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her impressive acting, singing and performance skills.”
Ross herself supplied a extra subdued response, noting on Twitter that her pleasure was tempered by information that WNBA star Brittney Griner had been discovered responsible of drug possession in Russia.
Gwen Verdon originated the function 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 made the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she took over the function, successful rave critiques from critics.
Transgender illustration in New York’s theater business has been step by step enhancing lately. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint grew to become the primary trans performer to originate a principal function on Broadway when she appeared within the Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head Over Heels.”
And earlier this yr, L Morgan Lee acquired rapturous acclaim ― and a history-making Tony nomination ― for her efficiency in “A Strange Loop.”