R&B singer and actress Brandy Norwood is headed to Broadway this spring, as she takes on the role of murderous housewife Roxie Hart in the 1920s-set musical “Chicago.” Brandy will be part of the show for an eight-week run at the Ambassador Theatre beginning April 28 and ending on June 21. Producers announced her casting via Instagram: “The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be . . . BRANDY! Broadway summons their newest Roxie Hart, Brandy Norwood, to the Broadway stand beginning April 28th. @4everbrandy.” The R&B star’s run follows that of Jennifer Nettles (through March 29) and Paige Davis (from March 30 through April 27). The revival of the musical, which opened in 1996, won six Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical Revival, in addition to the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Brandy will be one of three African-American women to play Roxie in the longest-running American musical on Broadway, the others being Robin Givens in 2006 and Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams in 2010. She will join a cast that includes: Amra-Faye Wright (who takes over for Carly Hughes on March 30) as Velma, John Dossett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Brandy’s career began in the early ’90s, with the singer becoming famous for hits like “I Wanna Be Down,” “The Boy Is Mine,” and “What About Us?” as well as her sitcom “Moesha” (1996-2001). She also made history by portraying Disney’s first black princess in the 1997 TV movie “Cinderella.” Brandy currently stars as Chardonnay Pitts on BET’s long-running hit series “The Game.” She has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record (with Monica) “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Brandy has won three American Music Awards, seven Billboard Music Awards, and one Grammy Award. In 2010, Billboard included her in their Top 50 R&B and Hip-Hop Artists list of the past quarter century. In between acting gigs, she has been hard at work in the studio with Hit-Boy and Stacy Barthe working on her next studio album.
by Farren Washington