“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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Pamela on “GMA” March 23, 2022

Pamela on Good Morning America
March 23, 2022

Pamela Anderson Says Her ‘Unexpected’ Broadway Debut in Chicago Is a ‘Moment for Me to Shine’

Pamela Anderson is ready for her comeback.

The Baywatch actress, 54, will soon make her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart — a wannabe vaudevillian who murders a man she is having an affair with and becomes famous as a result — in Chicago. The eight-week engagement is set for April 12 through June 5 at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City.

Appearing on Good Morning America Wednesday, Anderson admitted the demanding career move is “unexpected” for her, but said it was time for her to reenter the spotlight.

“It’s good timing. My kids are grown. My kids are my biggest cheerleaders,” she said. “… I feel like it’s time. I need a challenge. I needed to do something. I needed this. I’ve been kind of gone for a while, you know, and I’m back.”

Anderson explained she likes to push herself to the point where she gets the “crazy feeling that you can’t do something and then you surprise yourself.”

“You don’t know what you’re capable of until you try it. So that’s what I’m really curious about is what can I actually do? Because I kind of haven’t applied myself to much in my life, except for my children. This is a really great opportunity for me. I’m just so blessed and lucky. I’m just jumping off the bridge into it and doing everything I can, and I’m surprising myself singing and dancing. The role is fantastic.”

“It’s just unbelievable that anyone even offered me this kind of role, so I’m gonna give it all I have. I’m not gonna let myself down; I’m not gonna let my family down. I feel like this is really a moment for me to shine. I’m doing this for myself, which is rare,” said Anderson.

Looking back at starting her career on TV with Baywatch, she said, “I didn’t know if I was capable of that, now I don’t know if I’m capable of this. But I have a feeling I am. And I’m gonna go for it.”

It’s all “unexpected and much appreciated,” she added.

Other big names who have portrayed Roxie’s dance shoes onstage over the years include Ann Reinking, 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 will also soon open up about her storied life in an upcoming documentary for Netflix. The project has been in the works for several years.

An official logline for the “definitive” movie calls it an “intimate portrait embedded in the life of Pamela Anderson as she looks back at her professional and personal path and prepares for the next steps on her journey.”

source: Yahoo

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