The name on everybody’s lips is gonna be Erika Jayne! The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star is slated to make her Broadway debut in January 2020 in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart. Erika, 48, is the latest star from the Real Housewives universe to head to the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
According to Playbill, Erika’s limited Broadway engagement will start on January 6, 2020 and run through March 29. Erika has previously starred in the dance video "Roller Coaster." Along with this video and the Bravo series, Erika has also appeared on television in Dancing With the Stars, The Young And The Restless, and Lip Sync Battle along with the film The Watch.
“I’m beyond excited to join the cast of the legendary musical Chicago,” Erika told People about her debut. “Having been a fan of Bob Fosse andGwen Verdon’s work it is an honor and a dream to play Roxie Hart.”
Other Real Housewives have previously been involved in the production of Chicago. Real Housewives of Atlanta stars Nene Leakes and Kandi Burruss were part of the show as the character Matron Mama Morton. Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Rinna also appeared in the show as Roxie in 2007 (five years before she joined the reality series).
Real Housewives of New York’s Luann de Lesseps claimed she was in talks to join Chicago in July 2019 as Mama Morton, but was “working out dates.”
She originally announced the news during the RHONY reunion special, and found out the following day that there were no plans for her to join the cast. Unfortunately, scheduling conflicts between the reality series, her own cabaret show, and other business commitments wouldn’t allow for her to belt it out on Broadway anytime soon.
According to Broadway World, Chicago follows 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.” Additionally, the hit musical takes place “amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s.”
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