FILE – In this Jan. 16, 2015, file photo, former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George poses for photos at an urban improvement project designed and constructed by his landscape and design company, The Edge, in Nashville, Tenn. Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner George will make his Broadway debut on Jan. 11, 2016, in the musical “Chicago,” tackling the role of fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Drama Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Former NFL star and Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in the musical “Chicago,” tackling the role of fast-talking lawyer Billy Flynn.
George, who won the Heisman in 1995 and went on to a nine-year career in the NFL, leading the Tennessee Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, will start work at the Ambassador Theatre beginning Jan. 11.
He’s 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.
Set in the 1920s, “Chicago” is a scathing satire of how show business and the media make celebrities out of criminals. It has skimpy outfits and killer songs such as “All That Jazz” and “Cell Block Tango.”
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