Jan From The Office To Play Roxie Hart

Melora Hardin, best known as Steve Carell’s boss-cum-love interest Jan on NBC’s The Office, will soon hang up her business attire for Roxie Hart’s fishnets when she joins the cast of Chicago for a seven-week run beginning December 29. Hardin’s musical turn is takes her back to her roots: the actress has recorded two albums and previously played Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl’s Les Miserables in Concert last summer. Hardin, who also has a recurring role on TV’s Monk, told the AP she was jazzed to be making her Broadway debut: “I have been dancing all my life, since I was 5 . . . In a way, I was made for musicals. But I have been working so much in film and television that I never really had a chance to do them.”

It’s an auspicious time for the crowd-pleasing show, as Chicago today celebrates its 12th anniversary as well as its 5,000th performance. Broadway’s longest-running musical revival, Chicago has long been the destination for actors looking to display their singing-and-dancing chops; other celebrity Roxies have included Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields, and Ashlee Simpson, who tackled the role on London’s West End in 2006. Here’s hoping Hardin does Bebe Neuwirth proud.

Jan From The Office To Play Roxie Hart