The “Pose” star is set to play the lead role of merry killer Roxy Hart in the Smash musical in September. Angelica Ross is officially attached to Broadway.
The makers of the show confirmed on Thursday
The show’s producers confirmed Thursday, “Pose” star Roxy Hart will join the cast of the smash musical “Chicago” in the lead role. She will become the show’s first transgender leading lady. Ross, whose acting credits also include “American Horror Story,” will begin performing on September 12.
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Angelica Ross will be the name on everyone’s lips
Her casting received an encouraging response from fans and fellow celebrities online. The name will be on everyone’s lips… Angelica Ross! Actor Wilson Cruz tweeted, referring to a song from the show. “Congratulations, love. Added “MacGyver” star Alexandra Gray: “The girls are on Broadway! Keep us everywhere!! We are here! Congratulations sister.
Anthony Alan Ramos, Joe GLAAD’s Communication and Talent
Anthony Alan Ramos, who is GLAAD’s vice president of communications and talent, also praised the news in an email. Describing the role of Roxy as “one of the most recognizable, iconic and beloved characters in Broadway history,” he said? “A true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her impressive acting, singing, and performing skills.
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Ross himself noted this on Twitter, offering a more subdued response. That their enthusiasm was dampened by the news that WNBA star Brittany Griner had been found guilty of drug possession in Russia. Gwen Verdon originated the role of Roxy when “Chicago” premiered on Broadway in 1975. When the current revival opened in 1996, the aspiring showgirl “Merry Murder” portrayed by Ann Rinking.
As Roxy in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical
Renee Zellweger starred as Roxy in the 2002 film adaptation of the musical. And earlier this year, Pamela Anderson made the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway. When he played the role receiving rave reviews from critics. Transgender representation in New York’s theater industry has gradually improved in recent years. In 2018, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint became the first trans performer to play a leading role on Broadway. When she appeared in Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head Over Heels”.