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

Angelica Ross has officially joined Broadway.

The “Pose” star will join the cast of the musical “Chicago” in the lead role of the show’s producers, Roxy Hart. confirmed Thursday. She will become the first transgender woman on the show.

Ross, whose acting credits also include “American Horror Story,” will begin showings on September 12. Its eight-week space is scheduled to expire on November 6.

Her crew was met with an enthusiastic response from fans and fellow celebrities online.

“The name is on everyone’s lips…Angelica Ross!” Actor Wilson Cruz chirp, refers to one of the show’s songs. “Congratulations love!”

added ‘MacGyver’ star Alexandra Gray: “Girls are on Broadway! Put us all over the place!! We’re here! Congratulations, sister.”

“Pose” and “American Horror Story” star Angelica Ross will be joining the cast of “Chicago” on Broadway for eight weeks this fall.

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Anthony Allen Ramos, Vice President of Communications and Talent at GLAAD, also praised the news in an email. Describing Roxy’s role as “one of the most recognizable and beloved characters in Broadway history,” he added. “A true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her amazing acting, singing and performing skills.”

Ross herself provided a quieter response, noting on Twitter that her excitement had been tempered by the news that WNBA star Britney Grenier had been convicted of drug possession in Russia.

Gwen Verdon grew up as Roxy when “Chicago” debuted on Broadway in 1975. When the current revival opened in 1996, Anne Ringing played the “hilarious killer” turned aspiring showgirl.

2002 film adaptation of Renee Zellweger as Roxy. And earlier this year, “Baywatch”‘s Pamela Anderson made the leap to Broadway when she took on the role, garnering high reviews from critics.

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 establish a major role on Broadway when she appeared in Go-Go’s jukebox musical, “Head Over Heels.”

And earlier this year, L. Morgan Lee received an enthusiastic acclaim – and a nomination for a Tony Made History – for her performance in “A Strange Loop.”

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