KEY POINTS

  • Tiffany Young debuted as a member of the iconic K-pop group Girls’ Generation in 2007
  • The singer made her debut as a musical actress in 2011 with the lead role in "Fame"
  • "Chicago" celebrates its 21st year in South Korea since its premiere in 2000

K-pop group Girls' Generation member and American singer Tiffany Young has been cast in the upcoming musical "Chicago."

Musical production firm SeenSee Company announced Tuesday that Young will be playing the lead role of Roxie Hart, an ambitious chorus girl who rises to fame in prison after murdering her lover, Allkpop reported. 

It was revealed she was one of the 22 actors who were selected for the musical following a fierce audition process that was held in the summer of 2020. She will be starring alongside Min Kyung Ah Choi Jung-won, Yoon Gong Ju, Park Gun Hyung, Choi Jae Rim, and many other musical actors.

The musical "Chicago" is scheduled to run from April 2 to July 18 at D-Cube Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea.

"Tiffany has impressed us with her passion and effort for the role. She went through a very competitive audition just like any other applicants, without getting any preferential treatment," the company commented, Allkpop reported.

"Chicago" celebrates its 21st year of production in South Korea since its premiere on Dec. 8, 2000. The musical revolves around two women named Velma and Roxie and their eloquent lawyer Billy. The musical takes place in the crime-tainted Chicago of the 1920s. It is based on a 1926 play of the same name that was inspired by actual criminals and crimes reported in Chicago.

Tiffany debuted as a member of the iconic K-pop girl group Girls’ Generation in 2007 under SM Entertainment. The 31-year-old decided to leave the agency in 2017 after her contract with the company expired. 

Although Tiffany remains a member of the girl band, she has since moved to the U.S. to pursue her career as a solo artist. In 2019, she released her second Extended Play in English named "Lips on Lips," featuring the title track "Born Again."

The singer will be returning to musicals after nearly a decade since her debut as a musical actress in 2011 where she portrayed the character of Carmen Diaz in the Korean adaptation of the musical "Fame."


"This is my return to the musical stage in 10 years. I always dreamed of being in a musical and Roxie was one of the top three roles I really wanted to play. I've always been checking auditions for 'Chicago' and came to the last audition, going through a 14-day quarantine upon my arrival in Korea only for the audition. I thoroughly studied the script, setting, character and music," said Tiffany, The Korea Times reported. 
  
"I interpret Roxie as a 'dreamer' and am really honored to join the 21st anniversary production as Roxie, the role I've always dreamed of. I am looking forward to meeting the audience on stage, after going through hardship in 2020" she added.

Tiffany From Girls' Generation Tiffany of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation attends the press conference for KBS "Sister's SLAM DUNK" on April 6, 2016, in Seoul, South Korea. Photo: Han Myung-Gu/WireImage