*Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in the musical “Chicago,” joining fellow former reality star NeNe Leakes, who will return to her role as Matron Mama Morton.
George will play the role of fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn, according to the AP.
The former athlete – who starred with his wife, Taj of SWV, in their reality series “I Married a Baller ” – won the Heisman in 1995 and went on to a nine-year career in the NFL, leading the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV. He’ll start his Chicago run at the Ambassador Theatre beginning Jan. 11.
Set in the 1920s, “Chicago” is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals.
As a thespian, George has appeared in Matthew Lopez’s “The Whipping Man” at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, Suzan-Lori Parks’ “Topdog/Underdog” at Amun Ra Theatre, also in Nashville, and played both Othello and Julius Caesar at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.