Backstage on Broadway: Rumer Willis gets jazzy as Roxie in ‘Chicago’

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“The beauty of the role is everybody’s version is going to be a little bit different,” Rumer Willis said.

Rumer Willis is already killing it as Roxie in the long-running hit musical Chicago.

“My time and my chance to really put all of the skills that I’ve taken to this point and to put them all together,” she said.

She grew up in the spotlight being the oldest child of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis.

“I spent my teenage and most of my early 20s really on acting," Willis explained. "I’ve always been singing.”

But it was her time on Dancing with the Stars though that helped her break out on her own.

“Dancing was a very new skill for me," she smiled. "I’d never done anything like that.”

Willis was crowned season champion and while on the show's tour, she injured her foot and had to take some time off.

“It was really frustrating," she remembered. "I was kind of in disbelief for a little while when they first told me I had to wear a boot."

She's now fully recovered and wowing Broadway audiences.

“I think the biggest shift for me was just learning how to use your voice and really being able to talk to an entire theater," Willis said. "You want the people at the very top to see what you’re doing.”

And with the help of legendary actress and choreographer Ann Reinking, there are few changes to the dance moves.

“She completely redid a lot of the numbers and put a lot of the things that I actually learned from Dancing with the Stars," she smiled. "We have a lot more dancing, a lot more ballroom elements and a lot of the Fosse things, which is pretty cool!”

As the Broadway veteran in her family now, we had to know if she has any advice for dad, who will also make his Broadway debut this Fall in Misery.

“I’m sure he’s got it under control,” she laughed.

Rumer Willis will star as Roxie through November 1st. She's also set to co-host an ABC special, Paul Mitchell Shall We Dance on Ice, in February of next year.