Christie Brinkley (PICTURES) hits the live stage for "Chicago"

20 Mar 2011NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 20: Model Christie Brinkley attends the Broadway opening night of 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical' at the Palace Theatre on March 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by... Read moreBy: Jemal CountessCollection: Getty Images EntertainmentPeople: Christie Brinkley
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Christie Brinkley at the Broadway opening night of "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical" on March 20, 2011, in New York.
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(CBS) Christie Brinkley is gearing up to make her live stage debut.

The former supermodel is taking on the role of vixen Roxie Hart in the long running Broadway revival of "Chicago," which opens tonight at New York's Ambassador Theatre.

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Binkley, who will play an 11-week engagement, heads up a cast that includes Amray-Faye Wrigth as Velma Kelly, Brent Barret as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Rox Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton.

The 57-year-old's last turn as an actress was when she guest starred in an episode of "Ugly Betty" in 2009. She also appeared in 1997s "Vegas Vacation."

Since the Broadway revival opened 15 years ago, the role of Roxie has been played by Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson and Michelle Williams (of Destiny's Child), among others.

Gwen Verdon originated the role on Broadway in the 1970s and Renee Zellweger took it on in the 2002 hit movie that also starred Richard Gere and Catherine Zeta-Jones.