Wendy Williams to Star in 'Chicago' on Broadway

11:52 AM PST 04/15/2013 by Jordan Zakarin

The talk-show host and author will spend seven weeks playing Matron "Mama" Morton, starting her limited run June 25.

Already a talk-show host, author and businesswoman, Wendy Williams has decided to add starring on Broadway to her list of extracurricular activities.

The 48-year-old -- who was named one of The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in Media -- will take the stage in the Tony-winning musical Chicago in the summer, spending seven weeks as Matron "Mama" Morton. The role, for which Queen Latifah earned an Oscar nomination in 2003, casts Williams as a corrupt jail-cell mastermind.

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Williams showed some dancing skills when she competed on ABC's Dancing With the Stars last year; she was featured on the big screen in 2012's Think Like a Man.

At THR's Power List party in New York last week, Williams teased that she had a major announcement coming, calling it "totally out of my wheelhouse" and "you would not expect me to do it."

She also endorsed Alec Baldwin for a late-night talk show on NBC, saying that she liked daytime hours too much to make the transition to the after-hours.

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