Tom Cruise's sparring partner is bringing her London role to Broadway

By Stephen M. Silverman
Updated July 11, 2005 08:45 AM

Tom Cruise’s sparring partner Brooke Shields is beefing up her resume, despite his comments about her having no career.

On Sept. 9 the actress is set to return to Broadway, this time in the long-running revival of Chicago, once her current run in the London version of the show comes to an end.

Shields, 40, plays Roxie Hart, the role of the merry murderess performed by Renee Zellweger in the 2002 Oscar-winning movie version.

The former Suddenly Susan star last appeared on the Great White Way last season, when she stepped into the role of writer Ruth Sherwood in the musical revival of Wonderful Town. She previously appeared as Rizzo in Grease, as Sally Bowles in Cabaret and in one of many roles in the off-Broadway show Exonerated.

Shields was back in the news a few weeks ago when she was criticized by Tom Cruise, who took issue with her having taken anti-depressants for post-natal depression after giving birth to daughter Rowan Francis in spring 2003.

“To suggest that I was wrong to take drugs to deal with my depression … shows an utter lack of understanding about postpartum depression and childbirth in general,” Shields responded in a New York Times essay. “If any good can come of Mr. Cruise’s ridiculous rant, let’s hope that it gives much-needed attention to a serious disease,” she added.

As for another critical view of the actress, Variety had nothing but praise for her Chicago performance, which apparently fits her like a glove. In the trade paper’s review, it said: “Shields sounds like the very vaudevillian Roxie has long dreamed of being, lacking only the cigar.”