NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will add “Broadway leading man” to his list of accomplishments when he joins the cast of the long-running revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s “Chicago.”
The athlete, who won the Heisman in 1995 while playing for Ohio State University, will begin his run in “Chicago” at the Ambassador Theatre on Jan. 11, 2016. He’ll appear in the show as lawyer Billy Flynn through Feb. 28, 2016.
It will be George’s Broadway debut.
Eddie George fell into acting after his nine-year career in the NFL, in which he played for the Tennessee Titans and the Dallas Cowboys. He has appeared on the big screen in “Best Man Holiday” and “The Game Plan.”
In 2012, George founded his own theater troupe in Nashville, TN called “Actors By George.” He has appeared in a slew of regional productions there, including the title roles in “Othello” and “Julius Caesar” at the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.
George also appeared as a judge on NBC’s 2014 reality home improvement competition “American Dream Builders,” which was hosted by Nate Berkus.
“Chicago” currently stars “Dancing with the Stars” winner Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (through Nov. 1). Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” alum NeNe leakes will join the cast Nov. 23, taking on the role of Matron “Mama” Morton (through Dec. 20).
“Chicago” is currently in its 19th year -- making it the longest running revival in Broadway history, and the second longest-running show ever (behind “The Phantom of the Opera”).
For tickets and more information, visit www.chicagothemusical.com.