Gah! Papa Joe really pulled off a smooth one for daughter Ashlee Simpson. Looks like she is going to play Roxie Hart in the London run of the musical Chicago. Yes, no foolin,' and it ain't April 1st folks. Simpson has already started rehearsals in New York and her involvement has been confirmed by Chicago producer Barry Weissler. A source told Star magazine, "Ashlee's a dancer; her background is in dance. She wants to do live theatre. "This will put all of those critics to rest. She's always wanted to be on stage, but she got diverted when she started selling so many albums." Um, yeah, okay thanks Papa Joe. I like Ashlee's albums just fine, but I'm sorry, I saw that girl when she was acting on 7th Heaven and she was just horrendous. I just wonder if her acid-reflux infested pipes will be strong enough to carry off a major part in Chicago. Seems pretty risky to me. I gotta hand it to those Simpson's though ... they take a licking, get a new nose and somehow seem to keep on ticking.
Source: Contact Music