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'Wonder Woman' joins 'Chicago' cast

Former Wonder Woman star Lynda Carter is making her West End stage debut joining the cast of smash-hit musical Chicago.

She has signed up for the role of jailer Mama Morton, played by Queen Latifah in the 2002 Hollywood film, for an eight-week season.

Carter, 54, found fame as the spandex-clad, lasso-wielding sexy female superhero Princess Diana in the 1970s Wonder Woman TV series.

A former Miss World USA, who now appears in The Dukes of Hazzard film, she will join the cast of the musical at the Adelphi Theatre on September 26.

Carter recently caused controversy when she reportedly said that Hollywood stars Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sandra Bullock were too old to play the part of Wonder Woman in a new movie about the comic book hero.

Chicago has featured Denise Van Outen, Jill Halfpenny and Brooke Shields in the lead role of Roxie Hart since opening in 1997, while eighties pop star Alison Moyet has played Mama Morton.

It celebrates its eighth anniversary in London on November 18.

The show has won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Outstanding Musical Production and the 1998 Critics Circle Drama Award for Best Musical.

The American actress will join Sally Ann Triplett as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Terence Maynard as Billy Flynn and Victor McGuire as Amos Hart.

Currently playing in New York, on tour in the US and South Africa, Chicago is based on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

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