Actress makes historic transition

September 29, 2008 3:32:47 PM PDT
It is a first on Broadway, in the musical "Chicago." An actress has made the move from leading lady in Mexico City to leading lady in New York."I'm so grateful and love it when things like this happen," Bianca Marroquin said. "This is the life you as a performer want to have."

It is a life Marroquin is thrilled and honored to be living.

We caught up with this jack-of-all-trades rehearsing for her one-woman show, opening October 2 in Mexico City. It is the result of years of hard work and rave reviews, many coming from her performance playing Roxie in the Spanish version of "Chicago" in her homeland. She went on to play various roles in other high-profile shows. And then she made history.

"When I thought it couldn't get any better, I got the invitation to cross over to Broadway and perform in the English version."

Her entrance marked the first time a Latina actress crossed over from Mexico to Broadway in a leading role.

"It was a big responsibility, and I welcome it and take it in and am so happy I am able to do this," she said.

For the next few years, she toured with the show. And in November, she is once hitting the road as Roxie, still well aware of what she learned in the early days, that language and humor sometimes do not mix.

"They laugh at one thing in Mexico and another thing here in the United States, and it took me a couple of shows to figure out the timing," she said. "Wait here, no, wait there. They laugh here, don't laugh here."

Movies, TV, Bianca says she wants to do it all. But for now, she's happy enjoying the moment.

"One step at a time, and we'll see what's in store for me," she said.

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STORY BY: Eyewitness News reporter Kemberly Richardson

WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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