May 26, 2009

Singer Williams to star in ‘Chicago’

Singer and actress Michelle Williams has signed on to play Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago the Musical, Music World/Columbia Records said.

Williams is set to appear in the role at London's Cambridge Theatre during a limited six-week engagement running from July 13 through Aug. 23.

It's a real thrill to be given the opportunity to play Roxie Hart in the West End's spectacular production of 'Chicago,' Williams said in a statement. She's one of the greatest characters in the history of musical theater and it's both a challenge and a lot of fun to bring her to life onstage. I hope that everyone who comes to the show enjoys it as much as I do.

Michelle is a prime example of an all-round entertainer, added Mathew Knowles, president and chief executive officer of Music World Entertainment. She has enjoyed many successes as a music artist and now theatergoers are going to experience her far-reaching talents once again.

Williams, a former member of the award-winning female group Destiny's Child, will be the first African-American actress to play Roxie Hart in the West End's 12-year-run.