Brandy and her Chicago castmates stopped by the TODAY Show to perform “Roxie” from the hit musical on Wednesday for “Broadway Week.”
The 36-year-old Grammy-winning singer and actress will make her Broadway debut in the show as murderess Roxie Hart for a limited 8-week engagement (Tuesday, April 28, 2015 through Sunday, June 21, 2015).
“I love Chicago,” Brandy said during rehearsals. “I saw it when Usher played Billy Flynn and I just love the show. I love the movie and I just think it’s such a great story and it’s fun… And when they asked me to be Roxie I was like, ‘Hell yea… YES!'”
“I just hope that [my fans] really love the show and that they believe in me more and more and support me because I know that I’m gonna love theatre,” she continued. “I know that I’m gonna love theatre and I’m gonna wanna do more and more plays, and I just hope that they’re supportive of that.”
As a singer, Brandy first captured our hearts 20 years ago with her multi-platinum self-titled debut album.
She has since sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and her collaboration with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine,” is the longest running #1 song and best-selling duet of all time.
As an actress, Brandy has starred in her own sitcom, Moesha, and made history in Disney’s TV film Cinderella as its first black princess, starring alongside her icon Whitney Houston.
She recently received a 2014 NAACP Image Award for her role as Chardonnay on BET’s The Game.
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, the story centers on 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.
“Roxie is really tough, but she’s really sweet,” Brandy told Vanity Fair this month. “And I feel like I’m the same way. I can be really tough, and stand up for myself and speak my mind, and then I’ll bake you a cookie.”
Currently running at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St., NYC), Chicago also stars Tony Award nominee John Dossett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Check out previews of Brandy’s Broadway debut below, and purchase tickets at chicagothemusical.com/brandy.[via forharriet.com]