The 42-year-old Heisman trophy winner will take on the role of lawyer Billy Flynn, the Broadway part originated by the great Jerry Orbach and famously played in the movie adaptation by Richard Gere.
.@NFL Legend & Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George will make his Broadway debut in the role of Billy Flynn. pic.twitter.com/7ML5pL4Yll— Chicago The Musical (@ChicagoMusical) October 26, 2015
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 make his Broadway debut at the Ambassador Theatre beginning Jan. 11.
And putting the former running back on The Great White Way is not just some Hail Mary casting stunt.
George has shown some serious acting chops and has an impressive the on-stage resume since retiring from football.
He's previously 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.
You can hear George sing All I Care About until Feb. 28.