Pamela Anderson is to join the cast of hit musical Chicago on Broadway.
The actress will make her Broadway debut in the long-running production, playing Roxie Hart for a limited eight-week run.
Anderson will star in the role from 12 April to 5 June 2022 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.
Anderson – who rose to fame on iconic TV series Baywatch – said: “I have always been a huge fan of Bob Fosse’s and Gwen Verdon’s work. Ann Reinking, too.
“Playing Roxie Hart is a dream fulfilled. 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.”
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, CHICAGO is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her.
Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
Created by John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s score features the classic songs Razzle Dazzle, Cell Block Tango, and All That Jazz.
Winner of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards and a Grammy, the show is the longest running American musical in Broadway and West End history. The current 1996 Broadway revival was choreographed by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, directed by Walter Bobbie, and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.
A little closer to home, a UK tour of Chicago is currently on the road starring Faye Brookes, Djalenga Scott, Russell Watson and Sheila Ferguson.