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Angelica Ross to Be First Trans Lead in Broadway’s Chicago
Angelica Ross is making history in her Broadway debut as the first trans lead in the revival of the musical Chicago, which will premier September 12.From September to November, Ross will star as Roxie Hart in an eight-week limited engagement. Her first show will take place at Ambassador Theater in New York City, according to Playbill. Known for her breakthrough roles as Candy Ferocity in the groundbreaking, Emmy-nominated series Pose and as Nurse Rita in American Horror Story, Ross will take on Roxie after Pamela Anderson performed as the same character in her own limited run earlier this year.Anthony Allen Ramos Vice President of Communications & Talent at GLAAD said in a statement, "Chicago's Roxie Hart is one of the most recognizable, iconic, and beloved characters in the history of Broadway, and a true talent like Angelica Ross will delight audiences with her impressive acting, singing and performance skills.” “Angelica is also a respected leader in the transgender community, and joins L Morgan Lee as trans women of color currently starring on Broadway," Ramos said.L Morgan Lee was the first Black trans woman to earn a Tony nomination for her role in A Strange Loop.Playbill notes that Ross will join a small group of out trans performers to play lead roles on Broadway — those performers include Wicked's Alexandra Billings, Head Over Heels' Peppermint, and Straight White Men's Kate Bornstein.In addition to her Broadway debut, she released her first music video and single "Only You" this past June.
Chicago officially the City of Chicago, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Illinois, and the third-most-populous city in the United States. With an estimated population of 2,693,976 in 2019, it is also the most populous city in the Midwestern United States. Chicago is the county seat of Cook County, the second-most-populous county in the US, with a small portion of the northwest side of the city extending into DuPage County near O'Hare Airport. Chicago is the principal city of the Chicago metropolitan area, often referred to as Chicagoland. At nearly 10 million people, the metropolitan area is the third most populous in the United States.
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