NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, October 22, 2015, 1:09 PM
The irrepressible NeNe Leakes is going to prison — but unlike Real Housewife Teresa Giudice, Leakes can go home whenever she wants.
Leakes will play prison matron Mama Morton on Broadway in “Chicago” from Nov. 23 to Dec. 20. Last year Leakes made her Broadway debut as the wicked stepmother in “Cinderella.”
“Acting is my first love,” says Leakes, who’s known for “Glee,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and her take-no-prisoner candor on “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”
NeNe Leakes and husband Gregg Leakes backstage after her Broadway debut in “Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella.”
She tells the Daily News that it’s not the first time she’s considered playing Mama, a role that comes with the juicy John Kander and Fred Ebb songs “When You’re Good to Mama” and “Class.”
“I was asked to do ‘Chicago’ when I was asked to do ‘Cinderella.’ I chose ‘Cinderella.’ This is a second chance to do ‘Chicago,’ so I jumped at it.”