Angelica Ross will be ‘Chicago’s first transgender star on Broadway this fall

Angelique 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. 1. 12. His eight-week run is set to end Nov. 1. 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 Grey: “Girls are on Broadway! Put us everywhere!! We’re here! Congratulations, six.

"laid" and "american horror story" Angelica Ross will join the Broadway cast "Chicago" for an eight-week run this fall.
“Pose” and “American Horror Story” star Angelica Ross will join the cast of Broadway’s “Chicago” for an eight-week tour this fall.

Taylor Hill via Getty Images

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 skills. acting, singing and performance.”

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 guilty drug possession in Russia.

Gwen Verdon native the role of Roxie at the Broadway premiere of “Chicago” in 1975. When the current revival opened in 1996, the “merry murderer” turned aspiring showgirl was depicts by Ann Reinking.

The 2002 movie adaptation of the musical starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie. And earlier this year, Pamela Anderson made the jump from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she reprized the role, winning rave reviews of reviews.

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 artist to create 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 enthusiastically acclaimed ― and a make history Tony nomination – for her performance in ‘A Strange Loop’.