Billy Ray Cyrus may have once had an "Achy Breaky Heart," but these days all he cares about is love! The country singer will begin his run as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway production of Chicago on November 5 at the Ambassador Theatre. Cyrus is scheduled to star in the show through December 23.
Set in the 1920s, Chicago follows Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she hires Billy Flynn (Cyrus), Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer, much to the dismay of her rival cellmate Velma Kelly. Directed by Walter Bobbie, the Tony-winning revival is now in its 16th year.
Cyrus, best known for the smash hit “Achy Breaky Heart,” has sold 25 million albums internationally and has had three No. 1 hit singles. Having released 11 studio albums since 1992, he has released nearly 30 chart singles, including 15 Top 40 hits. His newest album, Change My Mind, was released in October. Cyrus appeared for five seasons on Hannah Montana as Robby Ray Stewart, father of the title character played by his real-life daughter Miley Cyrus. His film credits include Hannah Montana: The Movie, Flying By, Christmas in Canaan, Christmas Comes Home to Canaan, The Spy Next Door and Mulholland Drive.
The Tony-winning revival currently stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Carol Woods as Matron “Mama” Morton, C. Newcomer as Mary Sunshine and Cory English as Amos Hart.
Watch Cyrus prep for his Mainstem debut in his special Broadway.com video blog below!