America Ferrera joining 'Chicago' cast in London, also sets Broadway debut -- EXCLUSIVE

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Who knew? Ugly Betty can sing! Emmy-winning actress America Ferrera will join the London cast of the long-running musical Chicago next month, EW has learned exclusively. Ferrera will play Roxie Hart, the role made famous by Gwen Verdon and Ann Reinking on Broadway and Renée Zellweger in the 2002 film. (American Idol‘s Kara DioGuardi is currently playing Roxie on Broadway.) Ferrera’s eight-week stint will begin on November 7.

After her run in Chicago, Ferrera will then make her Broadway debut in a revival of Beth Henley’s 1984 play, The Miss Firecracker Contest, about a Mississippi woman who enters a beauty pageant. Holly Hunter filled the role off-Broadway as well as in the 1989 film Miss Firecracker. Ferrera begins rehearsals in March; the production, to be directed by Judith Ivey, will premiere next spring.

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  • lisa g.

    Well whoopty doo! She has a husband to support now better keep those gigs coming bc she’s hard on the eyes!

    • Josh

      I’m going to guess she’s much more beautiful on the inside than you could possibly be on the outside, lisa.

      • and one more thing…

        What’s so unattractive about her?

      • Jenn

        Yeah, I don’t get it – I think she’s lovely.

      • lisa g.

        She has nice hair! Let’s not be ridiculous ppl! She’s no beauty…..what’s the crime in saying it? You ppl n ur pc bullsht is ridiculous!

      • Raj

        I bet lisa g. looks like something you’d scrape off the bottom of your shoe.

      • lisa g.

        Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Didn’t ur mother teach u that or was she too drunk on martinis to do any real parenting! She’s not attractive to ME!

      • Someone Needs an Attitude Adjustment-get the switch!

        And your attitude, and frankly personal attacks and disrespect for everyone else, is not attractive to anyone! Let’s see a link to YOUR picture so you can be subjected to the same persecution you are giving her right now. Didn’t your mother, or at least Thumper from Bambi, teach you that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all??

      • Tesse

        And didn’t your mother teach you if you don’t have something nice to say don’t say anything at all?

      • America Fan

        Stating that someone is being disrespectful is not nice, nor is it mean-it is a neutral statement of fact. I have not stated that she is ugly, a troll, or other used other negative descriptions she has used against others.

        While stating that she needs to be subjected to the same judgment by which she judges others can be “suggestively” not nice, it was intended to be “don’t judge unless you want to be judged” moment.

        I’ve not made any mean, vicious, or unnecessarily rude or mean comments to or about Lisa.

      • lisa g.

        Oh please! Any given message board has all kinds of comments! I’m not on tv; she is thus making herself open to criticism! The PC police make me sick with ur bullcrap! I have just as much right to express myself without being constantly attacked by the PC police as u do to masquerade as Gandhi….got it?! Good now don’t forget it!

      • lisa g.

        @tesse…if that was the case a lot of websites, publications etc might as well shut down!

    • thatdariamom1332

      Wow, lisa, you are a b****.

      • lisa g

        And ur a follower!

  • GHB

    I think she’s really cute, and a talented actress. Lisa G, u sound like an extremely bitter (and probably seriously fugly) skank.

    • lisa g.

      Skank? That sounds so old school!

      • AB

        About as old school as your s@#ch, you bitter, jealous old hag.

      • lisa g.

        Lmao another old school reference! Ha I bet u watch vintage porn huh? Fool.

  • real fan

    Good for her. She’s an excellent actress!

    • shell

      I wish her the best. I miss Ugly Betty!!

      • Dhana

        You and me both.

  • Gemma

    She seems like a very sweet person and she’s talented,Lisa g is just jealous.

    • lisa g.

      Gemma ur a nut case first why waste time being jealous of someone I don’t know secondly why in the hell would I be jealous of HER?

      • Raj

        I think you’d be jealous of anyone who could spell. Or even troll better than you.

      • lisa g.

        Foolio

  • Zach

    I love her, but I’m just going to say it: a Latina Roxie?

  • Zach

    But also, Kara DioGuardi is too old for Roxie.

    • Dan

      Not at all. Both Gwen Verdon, who originated the role and Ann Reinking, who played Roxie in the revival’s original cast, were around 50 when they did the show.

  • Shaz

    She is far from Ugly . Just because she played Betty doesn’t mean America Ferrera is unattractive . What a bitter comment to make , Lisa G . I wish more young actresses were like America Ferrera . Fantastic actress , gives up plenty of her time for charities and has just spent the last few weeks or so giving talks at university campuses trying to inspire others . I’m always staggered by how smart she comes across too . save your criticisms for those that deserve it like Lindsay Lohan etc .

    • lisa g.

      This article is about America not Lindsey! Keep up. And ur “staggered” ? Wtf drama queen much?

      • Shaz

        Well atleast I don’t go around calling people ugly . You must look like Angelina Jolie or Megan Fox . Yeah , I didn’t think so .

      • lisa g.

        Show me where I called her ugly! You are a liar. Btw bad examples…angelina is anorexic n Megan looks like she’s wearing a mask she’s had so much surgery so ewwww to ur examples!

  • tae

    Lisa g the more you talk the more of a ass you make of yourself please do us the adults a favor and do something constructive instead of being a troll

    • lisa g.

      How immature! I’m labeled a troll bc YOU disagree with ME! Grow up!!!!!!!!

      • lisa g.

        Nowadays on message boards, ur either labeled a “hater” or troll if ur opinion is unpopular….wow….just wow! And I’m being told to grow up!?

      • tae

        Its not the fact you disagree that’s your opinion its the fact that after you stated your opinion you continued to insult everyone who had good things to say like your 15 and yes obviously your a troll because you’ve been on this post for hours looking for some way to be a jerk

      • lisa g.

        I suggest u reread the comments. I insult AFTER I’ve been insulted! Keep ur story straight boo boo!

  • Clara J

    I am happy she is trying new things. She is very pretty.

  • America Fan

    She is a fantastic actress and beautiful both inside and out. I love her in “Real Women Have Curves”. If you guys loved her in Betty, you’ll want to that.

    • America Fan

      want to see* her in that.

  • Celine

    Lisa g you are ugly. Period

    • lisa g.

      @Celine you are ugly and ur name is too! Period.

      • lisa g.

        There is a double standard that I challenge you all to work on! Had I called Minka Kelly hard on the eyes, YOU ALL would have grossed over my comment! But bc u know It’s TRUE about America, u pretend to be offended! Fair is fair Nd I expect to see this same response when I critique someone commonly accepted as attractive!

      • lisa g.

        *glossed

  • Celine

    You are truly ugly Lisa g. And you know I’m not kidding.

    • lisa g.

      Ha! That’s YOUR opinion. I’m mature..I can handle differences of opinion. U should try it ugly name!

      • Squishmar

        I had to LOL at that. I was reading the comments and trying to ignore lisa g.’s but she got me…. “mature”?!?! Substitute and “n” for the “t” and then I’ll agree. On a list of 100 adjectives I’d use to describe lisa g., not all of them would necessarily be negative but “mature” would not be on it.

      • lisa g.

        Well we were all waiting for ur take! Who r u again?

  • Enough!

    Lisa g, you are called a troll because you have posted and responded numerous times. You need to get a life.

    • lisa g.

      A few things. 1. How do you know why OTHERS call me troll? R u all knowing? 2. I’ve seen it all when a stranger tells another to get a life! Having a life is different for everyone n most importantly, u don’t know me to even be privy to my hobbies so u need to get ur head checked!

      • Scorpio

        Yes Lisa g. 40% of the comments on here are from YOU. You hateful pathetic immature cow GET A LIFE!!

      • lisa g.

        What does it say about YOU that u r addressing someone who needs to ” get a life”. Not much boo boo!

      • lisa g.

        And I wouldn’t have so many comments if ALL of u would stop trying to act like ur the rulers of what can/can not or should/should not be posted on here. How dare u all try to control me. Grow up! If u see a comment u dont like or agree with, keep it moving…ignore it! You all are acting as if i verbally attacked your sister! You all have a mob mentality n frankly I font buy that any of u r as offended as ur pretending to be!

      • lisa g.

        *don’t

  • tae

    Love her I think she’s a phenomenal actress and person plus ugly betty was a great show miss it

    • Squishmar

      I miss it too. It was great fun most of the time. She’s a good actress… curious about her singing. I also bet she’ll be very sexy in the show. Roxie’s a sexy part and America is naturally sexy… yes, even as Betty.

  • lisa g.

    If you don’t have blonde hair & blue eyes you are UGLY!
    (anything else clashes horribly with all the Swastikas i have hanging up).

    • the real lisa g.

      Oh please! This morning in the kardashian thread I said Jacqueline smith was hotter than Farrah n Kim kardashian is hotter than Paris Hilton so u get a big ole fail in impersonating me!

      • the real lisa g.

        And I NEVER said America was UGLY! Goodness u ppl r gross exaggeraters!

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