Angelica Ross is officially headed to 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 show’s first transgender star.
Ross, whose acting credits also include “American Horror Story”, will begin his performances on September 12th. Its eight-week run will end on November 6.
Her casting has garnered enthusiastic response from fans and other online celebrities.
“The name on everyone’s lips will be … Angelica Ross!” actor Wilson Cruz tweeted, referencing one of the songs from the show. “Congratulations, love!”
Added “MacGyver” star Alexandra Gray: “The girls are on Broadway! Put us everywhere !! We are here! Congratulations, sister.
Anthony Allen Ramos, GLAAD’s vice president of communications and talent, also praised 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 extraordinary acting, singing and performance skills.”
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 found guilty of drug possession in Russia.
Gwen Verdon played the role of Roxie when “Chicago” premiered on Broadway in 1975. When the current revival opened in 1996, the “merry killer” turned showgirl was played by Ann Reinking. .
The 2002 film adaptation of the musical featured Renée Zellweger in the role of Roxie. And earlier this year, Pamela Anderson made the leap from “Baywatch” to Broadway when she took on the role of hers, garnering rave reviews.
Transgender representation in the New York theater industry has been gradually improving in recent years. In 2018, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” veteran Peppermint became the first trans performer to play 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 ecstatic acclaim – and a Tony nomination for the story – for her performance in “A Strange Loop.”