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Idaho’s Rumer Willis will get her Broadway dream later this summer

Just a little more than a week after Rumer Willis performed with “Dancing With the Stars Live! Perfect 10 Tour” in Boise, the Idaho raised singer-dancer-actress announced she will make her Broadway debut in “ Chicago: The Musical.”

Willis wowed a nearly sold-out crowd at the Morrison Center by singing, not dancing on July 7. At the time she was nursing a stress fracture in her right foot, appearing on stage in evening wear and walking boot.

In an interview she did with me on July 5, she discussed her Broadway ambitions. When I mentioned “Chicago,” she said, “That would be a dream. That would be awesome.”

Now it’s a reality.

Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, will take on the role of Roxie Hart, the murderous mischief maker that is the central role in the show for an eight-week limited engagement Aug. 18-Oct 11 at New York’s Ambassador Theatre. Grammy winning-singer Brandy is now in the role.

“Chicago” opened on Broadway in 1996, winning six Tony awards for Best Revival of a Musical, and is on to becoming one of the longest running shows in Broadway history. The production often brings in name Hollywood actors and singers for roles to jazz up the production. Other women do to the role include Charlotte d’Amboise, Belle Calaway, Sandy Duncan, and of course Tony-winner Ann Reinking, who starred in the opening cast and also choreographed the show, along with Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly.

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