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The ’90s resurgence has officially reached Broadway.
Brandy will be the next famous face to lead Chicago, producers announced Tuesday. The Grammy winner will step into the role of Roxie Hart for an eight-week limited engagement beginning April 28. Her run at the Ambassador Theatre will continue through June 21.
The singer of hits like “I Wanna Be Down” and “The Boy Is Mine” and star of BET’s The Game as well as ’90s sitcom Moesha will settle into the role of a deadly housewife in the 1920s-set musical about murder and media. The Walter Bobbie-directed revival, which opened in 1996, won six Tony Awards in 1997, including best musical revival, as well as the Grammy Award for best musical theater album.
Brandy (nee Brandy Norwood), who made history in Disney’s 1997 TV movie Cinderella as its first black princess, will be one of the few African-American women to take on the Roxie Hart role in the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, following Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams in 2010 and Robin Givens in 2006.
The pop star’s run follows that of Jennifer Nettles (through March 29) and Paige Davis (from March 30 through April 27).
March 24, 11:58 a.m. A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the year in which the production won its Tony Awards.
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