Baltimore's mayor is used to the spotlight, but not quite like this. Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will appear onstage in cameo roles in the hit musical "Chicago" when it comes to town next week.
The mayor is scheduled to perform as the announcer at the top of the show and as a reporter in Act 2, during one performance, at 8 p.m. on March 4, at the Hippodrome Theatre.
The national touring production of "Chicago" has invited local personalities in other tour stops to do cameos, but this is the first time a mayor has been given the spotlight.
In a statement released Thursday, Rawlings-Blake said she wanted "to reassure the cast and crew that I am already hard at work rehearsing my lines" and "cannot wait to make my big debut in [this] amazing show."
Alecia Parker, one of the producers of "Chicago," said she got the idea of giving the cameo spot to Rawlings-Blake after a discussion with Hippodrome president Ron Legler.
"He explained to me how passionate your mayor is about the arts," Parker said from New York. "I was so impressed by that. I told Ron that in the past we have had opportunities to involve the community in the show when we tour by offering walk-on roles, and wouldn't it be ideal to have the mayor. You don't always find people so supportive of the arts. We need more like her."