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The Texan actress acknowledges the applause of fans at the end of the show. With a hit album and years of dance training behind her, it was no surprise to see her give a flawless performance
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Coleen McLoughlin was among the British celebs in attendance
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ASHLEE SIMPSON TAKES THE WEST END BY STORM

26 SEPTEMBER 2006

London's West End got a taste of high-octane American glamour when US pop starlet Ashlee Simpson made her debut in the musical Chicago on Monday night. The 21-year-old raised the roof of the Cambridge Theatre with a flawless performance in the role of femme fatale Roxie Hart.

The Texan belle's superstar sister Jessica was on hand to provide her with plenty of moral support as her big moment arrived. And the chart-topping singer told reporters that being part of a famous family helped her understand the character she plays.

"The play absolutely is all about celebrity and wanting to be famous and have your name in the papers," she explained. "In that sense, it's been kind of cool because I've really got to connect to that because I've seen that world and been in that world."

Ashlee obviously wasn't too concerned about being seen as a VIP, though. "Doing theatre has been extremely humbling because it's not about who you are," she revealed. "You are not a celebrity when you come here. Everyone is equal – everyone has to work together."

She and Jessica weren't the only famous faces at the event, as Peaches Geldof and Coleen McLoughlin also went along to see the chanteuse strut her stuff.


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