Soul singer Angie Stone is putting her acting skills to the test by starring in Broadway's hot musical Chicago.

Stone made her debut as MATRON 'MAMA' MORTON in New York last night (15APR03) - the role immortalised by rapper Queen Latifah in the big screen version.

She says of her debut, "I had a lot of butterflies."

The ex-lover of R'n'B heart-throb D'angelo has taken on the role for a limited run, replacing Broadway veteran BJ CROSBY.