In a dazzling turn of events, Vanderpump Rules sensation Ariana Madix is set to make her Broadway debut in the iconic musical “Chicago.” The 38-year-old, best known for her stint on Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 32, is stepping into the role of Roxie Hart for an exhilarating eight-week run starting January 29.
The news broke when Madix, also a DWTS finalist, excitedly revealed her new venture on Live With Kelly and Mark. Fighting back tears, she shared, “I have some news. As of Jan. 29, I will be playing Roxie Hart on Broadway in Chicago. It is just the biggest dream come true. I can’t believe this is real life. I’m going to cry.”
Madix’s journey to Broadway is not only a testament to her dancing prowess showcased on DWTS but also a nod to her diverse background in entertainment. During her time on the dance floor, she consistently wowed judges and audiences alike, dominating the leaderboard week after week. Her ability to seamlessly merge elegance with precision evidently caught the attention of Broadway producers, opening the door to her latest adventure.
Beyond the glitz and glamour of reality television, Madix’s passion for performance runs deep. Prior to her reality TV fame, she delved into the world of theater during her college years and honed her acting skills, primarily in the sketch comedy domain. Her love for the stage and dance was further fueled by her earlier experience working at the entertainment juggernaut, Disney World.
Chicago, holding the title of Broadway’s longest-running musical, has a storied tradition of featuring notable TV personalities in its lead roles. Madix joins the ranks of Bravo star Erika Jayne, who previously graced the stage as Roxie. Additionally, last year saw the dynamic inclusion of RuPaul’s Drag Race two-time winner Jinkx Monsoon in the role of Mama Morton.
The musical, with its gripping narrative, follows the story of Roxie Hart, a young woman who, after committing a murder, finds herself thrust into the spotlight. Behind bars, she encounters jazz singer Velma Kelly, and with the suave lawyer Billy Flynn by their side, the two vie for both fame and the elusive “not guilty” verdicts. The 2002 film adaptation of Chicago clinched the Best Picture award at the Academy Awards, solidifying its status as a cultural phenomenon.
Madix is set to light up the Broadway stage as Roxie until March 24, and her presence promises to bring a fresh and dynamic energy to this time-honored production. Fans of Madix, DWTS enthusiasts, and Broadway aficionados alike have a limited window to witness her star turn in this historic musical.
As Ariana Madix embarks on this new chapter, it’s evident that her multifaceted talents extend far beyond the confines of reality television. The bright lights of Broadway await, and Madix is poised to leave an indelible mark on the illustrious legacy of Chicago, proving once again that dreams do come true on the Great White Way.