'Chicago' gets ugly: America Ferrera to star in musical

Tuesday October 11, 2011

Ugly Betty star America Ferrera is to make her West End debut in the long-running musical Chicago.

The actress, known for wearing dental braces and eccentric outfits in the hit US comedy, will play an altogether more glamorous role when she steps into the shoes of scheming showgirl Roxie Hart.

She's the latest star to take over the character of the femme fatale, following Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, Denise Van Outen and pop star Ashlee Simpson.

Renee Zellweger also played Roxie in the 2002 film.

America will step on to the stage at the Garrick Theatre in London, the new home of the show, on November 7 when she begins an eight-week run.

She will help celebrate the start of the show's 15th year in London on its November 18 anniversary.

Starring opposite the actress as Velma Kelly will be Amra-Faye Wright, who is currently appearing in the Broadway production.


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