Givens, who began her career as a model, first gained fame as Darlene Merriman in the TV sitcom Head of the Class. She has made guest appearances on such shows as Moesha,and Cosby, and starred in the TV movies Beverly Hills Madam, Michael Jordan: An American Hero, Spinning Out of Control, and The Women of Brewster Place. Her film credits include Boomerang, Head of State, A Rage in Harlem, and A Good Night to Die.
Chicago is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler. The revival is now in the ninth year of its Broadway run.