Reality star Gemma Collins is set to make her stage debut after taking part in the UK and Ireland tour of Chicago, it has been announced.
TV personality Only Way Is Essex, who has also appeared on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing on Ice, will take on the role of Mama Morton on the hit stage show.
Collins, 41, will join the Sunderland Empire tour from May 31 before playing Cardiff New Theatre, Blackpool Winter Gardens, Sheffield Lyceum, Norwich Theater Royal and New Theater in Oxford.
Before finding fame with The Only Way Is Essex, Collins studied dance and won a place at the Sylvia Young Theater School.
She will join the previously announced cast of Faye Brookes as Roxie Hart, Djalenga Scott as Velma Kelly, Jamie Baughan as Amos Hart and BE Wong as Mary Sunshine, while the role of Billy Flynn will be announced shortly.
Collins’ character was played by Queen Latifah in the Oscar-winning film adaptation of the musical.
Producer David Ian said: “We were absolutely blown away by Gemma’s audition for the role.
“She is an undeniable force on and off the stage and we can’t wait to see her portrayal of Mama Morton on tour. Audiences across the country will rejoice.”
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/the-only-way-is-chicago-as-gemma-collins-joins-stage-show-41498888.html The Only Way Is Chicago as Gemma Collins at the stage show