As previously tipped (See The Goss, 13 Sep 2005), Lynda Carter, the statuesque star of the 1970s American TV series Wonder Woman, will take over from Zee Asha in the role of Mama Morton in the long-running Kander and Ebb musical Chicago at the West End's Adelphi Theatre.

Carter’s eight-week season will commence on Monday 26 September 2005, and run to Tuesday 22 November 2005. Although Carter is best known as the superhero(ine), she studied classical dance and drama as a child and toured the US as a singer in a rock band. She’s also a former Miss USA.

Her role in Chicago marks the actress’ West End debut. She has worked continuously in US television, including as a guest star in Law and Order and as a long-standing character in Hawkeye. On film, she was recently seen in the just-released The Dukes of Hazzard, and will shortly appear in the film Sky High, which opens in London on 21 October 2005.

Carter will be in the West End production for its eighth anniversary, on 18 November 2005, alongside Award winner Sally Ann Triplett as Roxie, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma, Terence Maynard as Billy and Victor McGuire as Amos.

The musical, about a wannabe jazz star turned murderess, is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins and has a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Choreography is by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse. Scenic design is by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Rick Clarke. Chicago is directed by Walter Bobbie, with musical supervision by Rob Fisher and musical direction by Corin Buckeridge.

The show won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production as well as the 1998 Critics' Circle Award for Best Musical. Currently playing in New York, on tour in America and South Africa, Chicago is produced in London by the Broadway producers Barry and Fran Weissler. At the Adelphi, it's currently booking to 25 February 2006.

- by Caroline Ansdell