The first transgender performer to star on Broadway — Angelica Ross stars in ‘Chicago’


The first-ever transgender performer to star on Broadway took the stage on Monday night in the long-running musical Chicago revival, performed in the lead role of Roxie Hart.

Angelica Ross – who was born male but identifies as female and appeared on FX’s Laid and american horror story – made her debut as Roxie Hart on Monday and is set to perform for an eight-week engagement at the Ambassador Theater in New York.

Incidentally, transgender performer and co-star Amra-Faye Wright took the stage at the end of the show and told the audience that their performances come as many people question the future of the United States and what represents this country, according to a report by Axios.

Monday night marks the first time the musical has cast a transgender performer as Roxie Hart, a female character who has been played by a long list of A-list actresses, including Ann Reinking, Charlotte d’Amboise, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, Brooke Shields and even Pamela Anderson.

Ross is the latest man to erase the presence of women in the roles they traditionally held.

Last year, Kataluna Enriquez, a man who identifies as a woman, won the title of Miss Nevada USA and became the first-ever transgender contestant for Miss USA.

Transgender models Valentina Sampaio and Leyna Bloom both appeared in Sports Illustratedannual issue of Swimsuit. Now, celebrity big brother Transgender star and model Jessica Alves fights to be on the cover of Playboy magazine following a Brazilian butt lift operation.

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