A Broadway star is born!
On Tuesday night, Pamela Anderson, 54, made her Broadway debut in the role of Roxie Hart in the long-running musical Chicago.
Making a special attendance that night were her two sons, Brandon Thomas, 25, and Dylan Jagger, 24.
Brandon and Dylan are kids to Anderson and Tommy Lee, a couple that had a three-year whirlwind romance in the ’90s. The actress and Mötley Crüe musician had their relationship recently portrayed on Hulu’s series Pam & Tommy.
In addition to having her family there for support, the Baywatch star accepted a bouquet of red roses during curtain call. In the special moment, Anderson was in her costume consisting of a black leotard and fishnets and was standing next to costar Lana Gordon.
An audience member at the show told PEOPLE that “the audience went insane” for Anderson and that she looked “flawless” in the role of Hart, first performed by late actress Ann Reinking in the 1996 Broadway revival.
“She just looked like she was having a great time at the end of the show,” the audience member added.
Chicago, featuring music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, debuted in 1975. The show, about two dangerous and seductive women seeking acquittals for murder, was also choreographed by Fosse and remains one of his crowning achievements.
According to Playbill, the show is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and the second longest-running Broadway production ever, after The Phantom of the Opera.
Last month, Anderson spoke with PEOPLE about taking on the role, acknowledging that performing on Broadway means “no safety nets.”
“I’m like a sponge. I’m just soaking it all in,” she said. “Every single experience has been just wild. I mean, it’s wild to even be here. I have to pinch myself sometimes because it seems so surreal.”
The Barb Wire star added, “I’m so curious to see what I’m made of. Each day, my voice is getting stronger. The choreography is settling in. We’re doing the original choreography — they’re not holding back with me — and I’m just loving it. I’m just eating it up. I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I should have been doing this longer!’ But this is the right time.”
“This is the beginning of the rest of my career — maybe,” Anderson continued.
“I needed this right now,” she said. “I feel like this is something I really needed to sink my teeth into. I love to work. I love to work hard. You know what, I kind of thought, ‘Well, I’ll just kick back and take it easy.’ It’s like, ‘Oh no, no, no. I still need to work. I’m not that old yet!’ ”
“I have nothing to lose. I’ve got nothing to live up to and I’ve got nothing to lose. I’m going crazy. I’m going for broke.”
Other big names who have portrayed Roxie onstage over the years include Gwen Verdon — who originated the role in the first production — Ashlee Simpson Ross and Michelle Williams, as well as Renée Zellweger in the 2002 Chicago film adaptation opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones as rival and fellow murderess Velma Kelly.
Anderson can be seen in Chicago for a limited engagement through June 5 at New York City’s Ambassador Theatre.