Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ugly Betty star heads for Chicago

America Ferrera is to star in West End hit Chicago

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 is the latest celebrity to take over the character of the femme fatale, following Destiny's Child singer Michelle Williams, actress and presenter Denise Van Outen and pop star Ashlee Simpson. Renee Zellweger played Roxie in the 2002 film of Chicago.

Ferrera 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 anniversary on November 18.

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

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