Broadway's 'Chicago' Casts Transgender Star Angelica Ross in Lead Role as Roxie Hart

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Broadway’s long-running Chicago revival has taken the unprecedented measurement of casting a transgender performer successful the pb relation of Roxie Hart.

Angelica Ross, who is simply a male-to-female transgender histrion who has appeared successful FX’s Pose and American Horror Story, volition instrumentality implicit the relation starting September 12 and volition execute for an eight-week engagement astatine the Ambassador Theatre successful New York.

It marks the archetypal clip the philharmonic has formed a transgender performer arsenic Roxie Hart, who is pistillate and has been played by a agelong database of salient actresses including Ann Reinking, Charlotte d’Amboise, Melanie Griffith, Rita Wilson, Brooke Shields, and adjacent Pamela Anderson. In the 2002 movie version, Roxie was played by Renee Zellwegger.

Broadway shows person begun embracing transgender performers with enthusiasm successful caller years. In 2020, Amazon Studio’s Transparent prima Alexandra Billings was formed successful Wicked arsenic Madame Morrible. This year, A Strange Loop star L Morgan Lee became the archetypal transgender histrion to person a Tony nomination.

In summation to being an actor, Angelica Ross is besides a tech entrepreneur, having worked arsenic a machine programmer and founded the company TransTech Social Enterprises.

Before undergoing sex reassignment, Ross served a little stint successful the U.S. Navy.

Chicago opened in 1996 and presently ranks arsenic the second-longest moving accumulation connected Broadway, aft The Phantom of the Opera.

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