Wendy Williams made her debut in the revival of the Tony award-winning play, ‘Chicago’ this weekend in New York City. The 48-year-old talk show host took over role of Matron ‘Mama’ Morton portrayed by Queen Latifah in the 2002 film. Williams was scheduled to begin last month but was sidelined due to health issues. Earlier this year, Wendy discussed her Broadway role:
One of the things I was told by the casting director is ‘Wendy, do not study how other people have played this role, this is a role that was originated by a heavier set White woman. So this role has no color and it’s not about being a vocal genius. This role is about being fast and it was designed so that it could have interchangeable guest stars.’ I said, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s brilliant.’ So I’ve taken their advice, I’ve seen the movie Chicago once and I haven’t Googled facts or anything to see how anyone else has done it.
Peep pics from her debut below.
Wendy will be pulling double duty, as ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ will remain in production throughout her run, ending August 11.
[Essence, Daily Mail]