He said: “We can’t wait to see her portrayal of ‘Mama Morton’ on tour. Audiences across the country are in for a treat.”
Though not everyone is on board with the casting announcement, as Twitter users soon accused the show of “stunt casting” – where a celebrity is cast in a role as a “publicity stunt” in a bid to boost sales:
How tragic, what utter contempt must the producers have for properly talented, trained, experienced performers. I foresee she won't last a fortnight doing 8 shows a week.
Absolutely shocking!!! The amount of unbelievable and hardworking actors, singers, dancers and creatives who've spent YEARS training and perfecting their craft and have struggled massively throughout Covid! GEMMA COLLINS IS A REALITY STAR\u2026 is theatre just a joke now?! Pathetichttps://twitter.com/whatsonstage/status/1508734295497752576\u00a0\u2026
Others, meanwhile, have noted Chicago is “famous for stunt casting”:
So very interesting to see so many theatre professionals slagging the woman off. The #bekind movement well and truly over!\nChicago is famous for stunt casting. Give her a chance before assuming she\u2019ll be shit.https://twitter.com/shauntossell/status/1508736016349384707\u00a0\u2026
for me it\u2019s not the stunt casting (chicago always does this, it\u2019s practically wed in the material)\n\ni just hope she\u2019s paid accordingly to others in the show & doesn\u2019t get special treatment on digs etc as that seems to be tough for actors atm\n\n& obv good luck to her taking this onhttps://twitter.com/whatsonstage/status/1508734295497752576\u00a0\u2026