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America Ferrera to star in London's Chicago

America Ferrera is heading to London to make her stage debut in the long-running musical Chicago.

The Ugly Betty star will play lead character Roxie Hart in the West End production for a total of eight weeks, beginning next month (07Nov11).

And Ferrera is counting on an amazing experience - she's already signed on to make her Broadway bow in a revival of the 1984 play The Miss Firecracker Contest.

The show, which centres on a Mississippi girl who enters a beauty pageant, will be directed by Judith Ivey and begin rehearsals in the Big Apple in March (12).