Angelica Ross to star as Roxie in 'Chicago' on Broadway

She will become the first openly trans woman to play a leading role on Broadway.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

The name on everybody's lips is gonna be... Angelica! Pose star Angelica Ross is set to make her Broadway debut in Chicago on Broadway. She steps into the show at the Ambassador Theatre for eight weeks, from September 12 to November 6.

Ross is best known for her role as Candy on the Netflix series Pose, which made history by featuring the largest transgender cast ever on a scripted TV show. Now, Ross herself makes history as the first openly transgender woman to play a leading role in a Broadway show.

Ross's other screen acting credits include American Horror Story, Transparent, and Doubt. The multi-hyphenate has also received two GLAAD Media Awards, one for her talk show segment with Trevor Noah and another for her web series Her Story.

In Chicago, she plays Roxie Hart, a wannabe performer who murders her lover. While in jail, she learns that she can still become a celebrity if her crime gets the right press attention, and she competes with vaudeville star and fellow murderess Velma Kelly to get it.

The musical has run on Broadway since 1996, making it the second-longest-running show and longest-running revival in Broadway history. Ross is the most recent of many celebrities to step into Chicago; earlier this year, Pamela Anderson took on the role of Roxie.

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Photo credit: Steven Simione with MUZE Magazine

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