Talk show host Wendy Williams will make her Broadway stage debut this summer in the long-running, Tony Award-winning musical “Chicago.”
Williams will take over the role of Matron “Mama” Morton in “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre for a seven week run starting in June.
“I can’t wait to sing and dance while still doing the talk show,” Williams announced, during Monday’s broadcast of her show. “I can’t believe they asked me to do it.”
Matron “Mama” Morton was portrayed in the hit film version of “Chicago” by Queen Latifah. R&B star Angie Stone, Tony Award winner Jennifer Holiday, “Grey’s Anatomy” star Chandra Wilson and “Amen” star Roz Ryan have also played the role in the Broadway show.
The best-selling author will succeed actress Christine Pedi, who is currently playing the role.
The 48-year-old one-time “Dancing with the Stars” contestant has been trying to expand into the acting realm for some time. She appeared in Steve Harvey’s 2012 film, “Think Like a Man,” and has had guest turns on shows like Lifetime’s “Drop Dead Diva” and ABC’s “One Life To Live.”