Angelica Ross is formally Broadway-bound.
The “Pose” star will be part of the forged of the smash musical “Chicago” within the lead position of Roxie Hart, the present’s producers confirmed Thursday. She’ll grow to be 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 about to conclude on Nov. 6.
Her casting drew an enthusiastic response from followers and fellow celebrities on-line.
“The identify on everyone’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 ladies are on Broadway! Put us all over the place!! We’re HERE! Congrats, sis.”
Anthony Allen Ramos, who’s GLAAD’s vice chairman of communications and expertise, additionally praised the information in an electronic mail. Describing the position of Roxie as “probably the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters within the historical past of Broadway,” he added. “A real expertise like Angelica Ross will delight audiences together with her spectacular appearing, singing and efficiency abilities.”
Ross herself provided 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 position 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 movie adaptation of the musical starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie. And earlier this 12 months, Pamela Anderson made the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she took over the position, successful rave reviews from critics.
Transgender illustration in New York’s theater trade has been steadily enhancing lately. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint grew to become the primary trans performer to originate a principal role on Broadway when she appeared within the Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head Over Heels.”