Pamela Anderson to debut on Broadway with 'Chicago'

Anderson will take on the role of Roxie Hart, a 1920s housewife and dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her

March 08, 2022 06:05 pm | Updated 06:05 pm IST

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson | Photo Credit: JOEL C RYAN

Actor-model Pamela Anderson is set to make her debut on Broadway with the long-running production "Chicago".

The 54-year-old star, best known for shows such as "Baywatch" and "Home Improvement", will take the stage at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre during the musical's eight-week limited run from April 12 to June 5, reported Deadline.

Anderson will take on the role of Roxie Hart, a 1920s housewife and dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her.

She hires a criminal lawyer to avoid conviction and help her dupe the public, media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by creating shocking headlines.

"I have always been a huge fan of Bob Fosse’s & Gwen Verdon’s work. Ann Reinking, too. Playing Roxie Hart is a dream fulfilled," Anderson said in a statement.

"Performing Fosse, you don't have time to get in your head. You can't dance, sing and think at the same time. There is a freedom, a unique joy in knowing it's all about the work. Playing Roxie Hart is a sweet escape for me," she added.

The role of Roxie was first originated by Gwen Verdon in the 1975 Broadway production.

The show was revived in 1996 with Ann Reinking in the role. It had won six Tony awards at the time.

Since then, Roxie's shoes have been filled by stars such as Mel B, Christie Brinkley, Robin Givens, Melanie Griffith, Marilu Henner, Brandy Norwood, Lisa Rinna, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Williams, and Rumer Willis.

Renee Zellweger had famously played the part in the 2002 movie, which won the Best Picture Oscar.

Anderson most recently announced a Netflix documentary that will share her side of the story regarding her infamous sex tape with ex-husband Tommy Lee.

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