Six Times We Shouted 'Slay!' or 'Yas!' Watching Brandy Norwood’s Amazing Roxie in Chicago
July 29th, 2015
by Josh Ferri
You only have six (and who knows when you see this, you may only have five or three by then) chances left to see Brandy Norwood tear the Ambassador Theatre down only to rebuild it as a church where you can go worship her performance as Roxie Hart…because she’s that good. Here are just six reasons why you need to run over to Chicago to see the Grammy winner’s Broadway debut before it’s too late.
That ladder swings onstage, Brandy opens her mouth and it’s a whole new score—mid-song applause throughout. It takes actual restraint not to shout, “re-record the album” after the beauty and soul that is Ms. Norwood’s “Funny Honey”. It’s like honey the way her voice drips from note to note in that song. #SlayQueen
The Tap Dance Asking Amos for Trial Money
But it’s not all about those out-of-this-world vocals, no Brandy's a legit TV star and those book scenes are fresh and funny (thanks Moesha). Legit LOLs watching her and Raymond Bokhour together as Roxie and Amos, especially in the scene she asks Amos to help fund her fee from Billy Flynn.
“They Both Reached for the Gun”
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
Again, Brandy plays well with others and the Billy Flynn scenes are sexy and funny, and there’s an air of suspense to them because lord knows what these two hotheads are going to get into at any given moment. The Roxie backstory scene prior to “They Both Reached For the Gun” is absolutely delicious then the number comes and it’s a true showstopper. Audience members were giddy at the sight of Brandy as the puppet. This musical in no way shows its age.
BroadwayBox has a ticket that sells for $59.50 and this number alone is worth the price of admission. Yes, you’ve seen it on the Today Show or Wendy Williams, but there is nothing like watching Brandy perform this on stage at the Ambassador. The star quality when she catches the light gives you chills. If that special replacement Tony ever happened, this number alone would get Brandy the nomination.
All the Baby Moments
Photo by Jeremy Daniel
I’m pretty sure I snapped in the theatre at some of the Act Two baby business that Brandy added in for Roxie Hart’s fake pregnancy.
Photo by Jason Bell
It's the climax of the musical and Brandy Norwood gives you everything she’s got, and it’s marvelous. The physicality, the humor, the star quality—it’s all there and the volume’s been turned on high. Then bam, legit despair when they don’t want to take her picture. Bravo, Brandy!
Brandy plays her final performance as Roxie Hart on August 2.