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In ‘Chicago,’ Pamela Anderson will make her Broadway debut

'Chicago' will mark Pamela Anderson's Broadway debut.

Key Takeaways:

  • Pamela Anderson, one of the most well-known people on the planet, will make her Broadway debut in the musical “Chicago” next month.
  • The musical is a biting satire on how show business and the media turn criminals into celebrities, set in the 1920s.

Pamela Anderson, one of the world’s most famous people, will make her Broadway debut upcoming month in the musical “Chicago,” according to The Associated Press.

Anderson will portray Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theatre from April 12 to June 5, a remarkable pairing of one of the most recognizable sex icons of the last few decades with a show that mocks celebrities.

“From ‘Baywatch’ to Broadway, there’s something for everyone. The unexpected has always inspired me, “Anderson said in a statement to the Associated Press on Monday. “This is it, and I’m not going to hold back any longer. I’m relinquishing control. I’m ready to find out what I’m made of. I’ll be laying all my cards on the table for ‘Chicago.’ I’m going all-in — on myself.”

The musical, set in the 1920s, is a biting satire on how show business and the media turn criminals into celebrities. It features choreography inspired by Bob Fosse, revealing outfits, and hit songs like “All That Jazz” as well as “Cell Block Tango.”

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Roxie Hart, a housewife, and dancer, murder her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her in “Chicago.” Roxie hires Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to help her deceive the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by creating surprising headlines to avoid being convicted.

“Pam is a moral person, a very moral person. She is worried about the welfare of animals. She is concerned about the environment. She is concerned about others “Barry Weissler, the producer, said, “The difference between her as Pam and Roxie is that Roxie only cares about herself and is unconcerned about the outside world as long as she can be famous. So Pam has opposite characteristics in life, but she fits even though her celebrity and what she’s been through.”

Anderson had a breakout role as a “Tool Time girl” on “Home Improvement” before gaining international acclaim for her role as C.J. Parker on “Baywatch.” “Barb Wire” and “Superhero Movie” are among her credits.

The Hulu series “Pam & Tommy,” which stars Lily James as Anderson as well as Sebastian Stan as Tommy Lee and fictionalizes their whirlwind romance, has reignited interest in Anderson’s life story. Anderson also announced that Netflix would release a new authorized documentary about her life this month.

'Chicago' will mark Pamela Anderson's Broadway debut.
‘Chicago’ will mark Pamela Anderson’s Broadway debut. Image from Deadline

Weissler claimed that he approached Anderson about the Roxie role more than a decade ago, but their schedules clashed.

“It’s even more timely now that we’re doing it. It’s more up-to-date. As a professional, an activist, and a very talented lady, she’s standing for something now. She can surprise a lot of people. She’s a natural actress. Her dancing ability is undeniable, and her singing voice is excellent. So let’s get started.”

Since “Chicago” premiered in 1996, dozens of women have played the celebrity-hungry heroine, including Melanie Griffith, Christie Brinkley, Marilu Henner, Brooke Shields, Lisa Rinna, Gretchen Mol, Ashlee Simpson, Brandy Norwood, Jennifer Nettles, and Robin Givens.

The revival lasted a quarter-century thanks to the astute decision to cast celebrity replacements in all lead roles (basically asking famous actors to join a musical about celebrity venality) and tailor the show to their strengths.

Sofia Vergara, Paige Davis, Rita Wilson, Usher, Huey Lewis, Michael C. Hall, Jerry Springer, and Billy Zane are just a few other celebrities who have appeared on the show. Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Queen Latifah, and Richard Gere starred in a 2002 film adaptation.

Source: CTV News

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