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Pamela Receives Support from Her Sons

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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.

source: People

Pamela Anderson leaves rehearsals in NYC

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She’s less than two weeks away from making her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Chicago.

And on Thursday, Pamela Anderson was spotted leaving rehearsals for the beloved musical in New York City.

The actress/model, 54, strolled through the building’s exit doors in an all-black ensemble consisting of skintight leggings and a turtleneck sweater.

The Baywatch star’s signature bleach blonde hair was styled in a messy bun and she kept the majority of her face concealed behind a pair of sunglasses and a mask.

She had a small black purse in hand and pounded the pavement in a pair of black and white sneakers.

Pamela appeared to be accompanied by a security guard as she left the rehearsal space.

Her stint on stage will run from April 12-June 5 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.

Speaking to Vogue in March, Pamela shared her excitement over nabbing a leading role on Broadway.

‘I can’t even believe those words! I’ve never had the opportunity to do anything at this level. I’ve always been a dancer and a singer in my head. I just had to do it…it was a leap of faith,’ she gushed to the outlet.

Despite oozing confidence in her numerous film and TV roles, Pamela admitted she couldn’t believe that bosses took a chance on her as she told how the ‘iconic’ production couldn’t have come at a better time for her.

She said: ‘The fact that they gave me a shot to do it is really shocking for me. I always thought I got away with murder in a bikini. I never had to apply myself to anything and at this point in my life, this was something I really needed.’

The star was originally scouted for the part of Roxie Hart a decade ago by the Oscar-winning film adaptation’s director Rob Marshall during a chance encounter on a beach on California.

Pamela told how she turned down the part as she was busy raising teenage sons Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger at the time, but she said the time is now right as they’re older and the ‘stars are aligning’.

And while she was initially stunned at the offer and admits she knows that for some her move is ‘unexpected’, Pamela told how she believes she was made for the role as she drew ‘parallels’ between her life and the villainous Roxie.

She explained: ‘I think I’ve been rehearsing my whole life for this. The story and my life are so parallel, I always say…30 years of therapy or just one Broadway show, then I’ll be fine.’

Set in the 1920s, the musical is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. It has Bob Fosse-inspired choreography, skimpy outfits and killer songs such as ‘All That Jazz’ and ‘Cell Block Tango.’

Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to leave her.

To avoid conviction, Roxie hires Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to help her dupe the public, media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by creating shocking headlines.
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“I’ve Been Rehearsing My Whole Life for This”

“I think I’ve been rehearsing my whole life for this,” says Pamela Anderson of making her debut on the Great White Way as Roxie Hart in Bob Fosse’s legendary Jazz Age musical Chicago. “The story and my life are so parallel,” she continues. “I always say…30 years of therapy or just one Broadway show, then I’ll be fine.”

Next month, the 54-year-old Baywatch star and activist will begin an eight-week run as Hart in the long-running, Tony-winning revival. It’s a role that Rob Marshall—who directed and choreographed the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Chicago in 2002—foresaw Anderson in over a decade ago after a serendipitous run-in on (where else?) the beach in California. “He came up to me, and said, ‘Have you ever thought about being on Broadway?’ ” recalls Anderson inside a smoky lounge in New York’s The McKittrick Hotel, where she’s just wrapped a shoot for the show’s promotional campaign with longtime collaborator Ellen von Unwerth. The mother of two goes on to explain that having been a parent of two teenagers (her sons with ex-husband Tommy Lee, Brandon Thomas and Dylan Jagger) at the time, she didn’t have the bandwidth to dedicate to the role then. Now? “The stars are aligning at the right time,” she says.

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