Variety reports that Spelling will likely play Roxie Hart in the New York company of Kander and Ebb's Chicago. The industry paper says actress Spelling — best known for her work on "Beverly Hills 90210" — is "on hold for now, but remains a strong possibility" for a stint as the merry murderess.
Spelling would join a long list of actresses who have played Roxie on Broadway, including current Roxie Rita Wilson as well as Brooke Shields, Robin Givens, Charlotte d'Amboise, Gretchen Mol, Melanie Griffith and Ann Reinking; the latter originated the role for this revival.
Tori Spelling played Donna Martin on "Beverly Hills 90210" and can currently be seen in the TV series "SoNotorious." Her film credits include "Scary Movie 2," "House of Yes," "Trick" and, in a role parodying herself, "Scream 2." Chicago would mark Spelling's Broadway debut.
Chicago currently features Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly, Rita Wilson as Roxie Hart, Obba Babatunde as Billy Flynn, Kevin Chamberlin as Amos Hart, Lillias White as Matron "Mama" Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Grammy Award winner Usher will begin a six-week stint as Billy Flynn on Aug. 22.
Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.