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Angelica Ross will be the first trans lead in ‘Chicago’ on Broadway

“American Horror Story” star Angelica Ross will be the first trans actress to play Roxy Hart in the Broadway revival of “Chicago.”

“Chicago” Broadway’s Longest-Running Revival

Even after more than 25 years, the production is still making history. Next month, the lead role of fame-hungry killer Roxy Hart played by Angelica Ross, production announced Thursday. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ross will be the first transgender actress to step into Roxy’s T-strap shoes on Broadway, and one of the first trans women to play a leading role on Broadway.

New York Ballroom Scene

Ross is best known for her role as Candy Ferocity, a young trans woman who regularly participates in the New York ballroom scene on the Emmy-winning series “Pose.” The FX drama features the largest cast of trans actors on a TV series, outlets reported ahead of its 2018 premiere.

Best Music Winner by L Morgan Lee

With his casting, Ross joins a small but formidable group of black trans women who have flocked to Broadway: In 2018, Peppermint, of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame, starred in Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels” and starred in this season. L Morgan Lee earned a Tony nomination for his role in the Best Musical winner “A Strange Loop”. An upcoming revival of “1776” will also feature trans and nonbinary cast members.

production said

CNN has reached out to “Chicago” and representatives for Ross for further comment. Production said the “Pose” star begins performances on September 12. Ross is the latest star to play Roxy on Broadway: Earlier this year, actress and animal advocate Pamela Anderson made her Broadway debut in the role.

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