The official Chicago The Musical Instagram account announced on August 5th that a new Roxie would be hitting the stage in September: Angelica Ross.
Ross took to Instagram as well, stating, “Thank you to everyone who has been sharing and celebrating this news with me. I am currently in rehearsals and coaching, working VERY hard everyday to give you my all and my best! Can’t wait to meet the whole cast and create magic with them! See you all on #Broadway soon!!!”
Ross’s Roxy run will last for 8 weeks, from September 12 to November 6, at the Ambassador Theatre. As Ross prepares to take the lead this fall, she joins a small pioneering group of trans Broadway actresses, including Wicked’s Alexandra Billings, A Strange Loop’s L Morgan Lee (the first Black and openly trans performer to be nominated for a Tony), Head Over Heels’ Peppermint, and Straight White Men’s Kate Bornstein.
Ross is most famous for her breakout role as Candy on FX’s “Pose,” but she has been seen in FX’s “American Horror Story” as well as TNT’s “Claws.” Last month, Ross released her debut single and music video, “Only You.” She is also the president of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, which is an incubator for LGBTQ talent with a focus on Black, queer and trans people. She is a self-taught computer programmer and fierce trans activist.
The same day that the news broke about Ross’s new role, Brittney Griner was sentenced to nine years in jail in Russia. Ross reflected on her mixed emotions on Twitter.