Countess of the Clink: Sofia Vergara in "Chicago"

Sofia Vergara has come a long way since she was Chasing Papi. The Colombian model, actress and Cadillac driver (remember those sultry commercials?) is now a Broadway thespian. She’s currently starring in Chicago as prison matron “Mama” Morton (Queen Latifah played the role in the film version of the musical).

I caught the show over the weekend and was impressed by her performance. Not only is the bombshell one hot “mistress of murderers row,” but she can also sing. Who knew?!

“I’ve sung in my house,” she told Mega TV, “but I had never stood on a stage.” Vergara, who only had two weeks to rehearse for the show, has a deep bellowing voice that catches audiences by surprise. Best part: She’s turned the cellblock warden into a Latina by peppering her lines with some Spanish phrases. “They said, Ddo it however you want—being Latina, being a young woman, sexy—we won’t change you,'” she has said.

Catch the Barranquilla native until May 24 before the production moves on to Miami for a short tour.   

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Grace Bastidas, Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York TimesNew York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

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