Celebrity couple Antonio Banderas and Melanie Griffith will both be appearing on Broadway in the summer after Melanie won a lead role in the stage version of Chicago.

Antonio is already in New York for his new musical NINE, which opened last night (10APR03) - and now his wife has revealed she will soon be joining him in the world's most famous theatreland.

She told reporters at Nine's first public performance, "I didn't want to say anything before now, because I didn't want to spoil Antonio's big night. It just happened. I just auditioned, and I got it on my own merit. I'm supposed to open in the summer."

The 45-year-old actress will play murderess ROXIE, a part she has tried out for previously but failed to secure.

She added, "I'm glad I'm starting in a show that's already a hit. I couldn't do what Antonio's doing. No way."

The couple will move from Los Angeles to New York for the duration of their stay on Broadway. Melanie said, "We really like it here better than LA."