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

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

Next month, the starring role of fame-hungry murderer Roxie Hart will be played by Angelica Ross, the production announced Thursday. Ross will be the first transgender actress to join Roxie t-strap shoes on Broadway, according to the Hollywood journalistand one of the first trans women to play a leading role on Broadway.
Ross is best known for her role as Candy Ferocity, a young trans woman who regularly competed on the New York ballroom stage, in the Emmy-winning series “Pose.” The FX drama featured the biggest cast of trans actors in a TV series, outlets reported before its premiere in 2018.
With her cast, Ross joins a small but formidable group of black trans women who have bowed on Broadway: in 2018, Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame starred in Go-Go’s musical “Head Over Heels,” and this season L Morgan Lee earned a Tony nomination for his role in winning Best Musical “A strange loop.” The next cover of “1776” will also include trans and non-binary actors.

CNN has reached out to “Chicago” and representatives for Ross for further comment. The “Pose” star begins performances Sept. 12, production said.

Ross is the latest star to play roxie on Broadway: Earlier this year, actress and animal advocate Pamela Anderson made her Broadway debut in the role.


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