Angelica Ross is officially bound for Broadway.
The ‘Pose’ star will join the cast of the hit musical ‘Chicago’ in the lead role of Roxie Hart, the show’s producers confirmed Thursday. She will become the series’ first transgender actress.
Ross, whose acting credits also include “American Horror Story,” will begin performances Sept. 12. Her eight-week run is set to end on November 6.
Her casting drew an enthusiastic response from fans and other celebrities online.
“The name on everyone’s lips will be…Angelica Ross!” actor Wilson Cruz tweeted, referencing one of the show’s songs. “Congratulations, my love! »
Added “MacGyver” star Alexandra Gray: “The girls are on Broadway! Put us everywhere!! We’re here! Congratulations, sis.
Anthony Allen Ramos, vice president of communications and talent for GLAAD, also welcomed the news in an email. Describing Roxie’s role as “one of the most recognizable, iconic and beloved characters in Broadway history”, he added. “A true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her impressive acting, singing and performing skills.”
Ross herself offered a more subdued response, noting on Twitter that her excitement was tempered by the news that WNBA star Brittney Griner had been convicted of drug possession in Russia.
Gwen Verdon originated the role of Roxie when “Chicago” premiered on Broadway in 1975. When the current revival opened in 1996, the “merry murderer” turned aspiring showgirl was portrayed by Ann Reinking.
The 2002 film adaptation of the musical starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie. And earlier this year, Pamela Anderson made the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she reprized the role, earning rave reviews from critics.
Transgender representation in the New York theater industry has gradually improved in recent years. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint became the first trans performer to land a lead role on Broadway when she appeared in Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head Over Heels.”
And earlier this year, L Morgan Lee received rave reviews – and a historic Tony nomination – for his performance in ‘A Strange Loop’.