Angelica Ross breaks barriers to star in Chicago and make Broadway history

New York, New York – Broadway has broken down serious barriers with the announcement of its newest leading lady Angelica Ross, who will "razzle dazzle 'em" and make history at the same time.

Angelica Ross posted a video from the rehearsal room on her Instagram Thursday, as it was revealed she will soon become the first trans woman ever to star on Broadway.
Angelica Ross posted a video from the rehearsal room on her Instagram Thursday, as it was revealed she will soon become the first trans woman ever to star on Broadway.  © Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/angelicaross & JON KOPALOFF / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The name on everybody's lips is gonna be ... a whole new era of Roxie.

Actor Angelica Ross, best known for her work on TV shows Pose and American Horror Story, will star as Roxie Hart on Broadway for an eight-week stint.

In her Broadway debut, she will become the first trans woman ever to appear in a leading role on Broadway.

"Ok, cat's out of the bag," Ross said in a new video posted to her Instagram story on Thursday from a rehearsal studio, revealing she's been "working to get this body in order."

"We're ready to give you some Roxie!" the 41-year-old said.

In its 25th year on the Great White Way, Chicago regularly switches out the actors playing America's sweetheart-turned-murderess Roxie, and often enlists TV and film stars to breathe new life into the classic musical.

Ross will appear from September 12 to November 6.

Broadway embraces Angelica Ross as its first ever openly trans leading lady

Angelica Ross is an accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, producer, author, activist, and CEO.
Angelica Ross is an accomplished actor, singer, songwriter, producer, author, activist, and CEO.  © JAMIE MCCARTHY / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The groundbreaking announcement was met with widespread praise across the theater and LGBTQ+ communities.

"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," GLAAD said in a statement.

"Angelica is also a respected leader in the transgender community, and joins L Morgan Lee as trans women of color currently starring on Broadway."

Lee also made history this year for being the first trans woman ever nominated for a Tony Award, for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical in A Strange Loop.

Ross is an acclaimed actor, singer, songwriter, producer, computer programmer, author, and activist focused on transgender issues and racial equality. She is also the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, a non-profit helping marginalized communities receive tech job-training and gain economic empowerment.

On top of All That Jazz, she's about to get her name in lights, and cement her place as a trailblazer.

Cover photo: Collage: Screenshot/Instagram/angelicaross & JON KOPALOFF / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

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