Angelica Ross officially heading to Broadway.
The Pose star will join the cast of the hit musical Chicago starring Roxie Hart, the show’s producers. confirmed Thursday. She will be the show’s first transgender host.
Ross, who also has American Horror Story to his credit, will start performing in September. 12. Her eight-week run will end on November 11th. 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, referring to one of the songs from the show. “Congratulations, love!”
Added MacGyver star Alexandra Grey: Girls on Broadway! Put us everywhere!! We are the LORD! Congratulations sister.”
Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD’s vice president of communications and talent, also praised the news in an email. Describing Roxy’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 performance skills.”
Ross herself offered a more restrained response, noting on Twitter that her excitement was tempered by the news that WNBA star Brittney Griner had died. was found guilty or possession of drugs in Russia.
2002 film adaptation In the musical, Renee Zellweger played Roxy. And earlier this year, Pamela Anderson made the jump from Baywatch to Broadway when she took on the role, winning rave reviews pious critics.
The representation of transgender people in the New York theater industry has gradually improved in recent years. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint became the first trance artist to play a leading role on Broadway when she appeared in the Go-Go musical Head Over Heels.