Angelica Ross would be the first trans lead in ‘Chicago’ on Broadway

Subsequent month, the main function of fame-hungry murderess Roxie Hart will be played by Angelica Ross, the manufacturing introduced Thursday. Ross would be the first out transgender actress to step into Roxie’s T-strap footwear on Broadway, in line with the Hollywood Reporter, and one of many first trans girls to play a number one function on Broadway.
Ross is finest recognized for her function as Sweet Ferocity, a younger trans girl who often competed in New York’s ballroom scene, on the Emmy-winning sequence “Pose.” The FX drama featured the biggest solid of trans actors on a TV sequence, retailers reported forward of its 2018 premiere.
Together with her casting, Ross joins a small however formidable group of Black trans girls who’ve bowed on Broadway: In 2018, Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame starred within the Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels,” and this season, L Morgan Lee earned a Tony nomination for her function in finest musical winner “A Strange Loop.” The upcoming revival of “1776” may also embody trans and nonbinary solid members.

CNN has reached out to “Chicago” and reps for Ross for additional remark. The “Pose” star begins performances on September 12, the manufacturing stated.

Ross is the most recent star to play Roxie on Broadway: Earlier this yr, actress and animal advocate Pamela Anderson made her Broadway debut within the function.