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CHICAGO Prepares to Welcome a Sharp New Keeper of the Keys; A Look at NeNe Leakes' Top Performances!

As BroadwayWorld reported yesterday, 'REAL HOUSWIVES' star NeNe Leakes will soon return to Broadway in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago. Leakes will take the stage for 4 weeks only in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton, beginning November 23, 2015. She will perform through December 20, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre. In honor of her Broadway return, BWW takes a look back at her time in CINDERELLA, the moves she displayed while on ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS, and a quick glimpse at her notorious comedic charm she'll undoubtedly bring to CHICAGO!

NaTasha Yvette Williams continues in the role of "Mama" through Sunday, November 1. Chicago veteran Carol Woods will return to the role on Monday, November 2 and play through Sunday, November 22.

Leakes shot to stardom as a fan favorite on Bravo's highly-rated reality show, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta." She returns to Broadway after making her stage debut last year in the role of Cinderella's wicked stepmother 'Madame' in Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella. Leakes made her acting debut in the recurring role of Coach Roz Washington, on Fox's hit comedy "Glee", appearing over four seasons. She has guest-starred on BET's comedies, "Real Husbands of Hollywood," "The Game" and "Let's Stay Together" and appeared as a series regular on Ryan Murphy's comedy series "The New Normal" for NBC. She also appeared on the Emmy nominated "Dancing with the Stars" for ABC. Due to Leakes' versatility as a reality star, talk show host an actress, at one point, Leakes appeared on four different TV shows at the same time, showcasing her skills as a well-rounded talent. She also made headlines when she performed with the cast of Cirque du Soleil's Zumanity in Las Vegas. She was the first celebrity cast member in the thirty year history of the Cirque franchise's history. In addition to her acting credits, NeNe Leakes is also a published author and has appeared as a guest host for several talk shows that include E!'s "Live from the Red Carpet" coverage of the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, "Live with Kelly and Michael," "The View" and "The Real."


Leakes stepped into the revival of Rodgers + Hammerstein's CINDERELLA on Nov. 25, 2014, making her Broadway debut as Cinderella's wicked stepmother 'Madame,' opposite Keke Palmer. Check out production photos from her time in the show below!


Earlier in 2014, Leakes competed on ABC's long-running competition show DANCING WITH THE STARS with pro partner Derek Hough. Check out a look back at a pair of her most memorable performances below!

Leakes may be known for her presence on scripted and reality television alike, but she's also known for her quick-wit and ability to comman attention in any setting. Check out some of her television appearances below!

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