Pamela Anderson is continuing her 2022 career comeback with a coveted new gig on Broadway.
The 54-year-old will make her stage debut next month in the musical Chicago as Roxie Hart, The Associated Press reported on Monday.
Anderson will take on the role previously played by the likes of Erika Jayne and Christie Brinkley from April 12-June 5 at the Ambassador Theatre.
From Baywatch to Broadway. I am inspired by the unexpected,’ Anderson told the AP in a statement. ‘This is it, and I will not hold back anymore. I am letting go. I am ready to see what I’m capable of.’
She added: ‘For Chicago, I’ll be putting all my cards on the table. I am doubling down – on me.’
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.
‘Pam is a very moral person, extremely moral. She cares about animals. She cares about the planet. She cares about people,’ said producer Barry Weissler.
Adding: ‘The difference between her as Pam and Roxie is Roxie doesn´t care about anyone but herself, and she doesn’t give a damn about the outside world as long as she can be famous. So Pam comes with totally opposite attributes in life, but she fits because of her celebrity, what she´s gone through in life.’
Weissler said he had approached Anderson about the Roxie part over a decade ago, but their schedules didn’t work.
Now that we’re doing it, it’s even more opportune. It’s more timely. She’s really standing for something now – as a professional, as an activist, as a very talented lady. She can surprise a lot of people,’ he said.
‘The woman has acting chops. She certainly can dance, and her singing voice is quite good. So here we go.’