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Grammy Winning Artist Jennifer Nettles to Make Broadway Debut as Roxie Hart in CHICAGO

As announced this morning on NBC "Today," Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and international music superstar Jennifer Nettles will make her Broadway debut this February in the Tony Award-winning, record-breaking hit musical Chicago.

Nettles joins the Broadway company in the starring role of Roxie Hart for a limited eight-week engagement -- Monday, February 2 through Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.)

"Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors," said Jennifer Nettles. "I feel honored and proud to be part of this great tradition. Taking on such an iconic role as Roxie in Chicago is a dream come true."

"We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Jennifer into our Chicago family this winter," said producer Barry Weissler. "Her sensational talent and musicianship will no doubt make this an extraordinary Broadway debut engagement. I can't wait for our audiences to experience her interpretation Roxie Hart."

Jennifer Nettles has become one of the most popular singer-songwriters in music today and recently had a #1 Country Album with her solo debut CD "That Girl." As the lead vocalist of the country group Sugarland, the band exploded onto the music scene in 2004 and have worldwide sales of over 22 million (albums and singles) to date, have achieved eight No. 1 singles and have won numerous awards including trophies from the Grammys, AMAs, ACM Awards, CMT Music Awards and CMA Awards.

Nettles has won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting abilities, and in 2008 individually received a Grammy Award, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the emotionally charged, platinum-selling No. 1 hit "Stay."

At the 2009 ACM Awards, Nettles was honored with the "Crystal Milestone Award" for being the first woman to be the solo songwriter on an ACM "Song of the Year" winner since 1972. Nettles has been seen all over the media spectrum, with performances ranging from President Barack Obama's inauguration celebration to "Oprah," "Good Morning America," "Ellen," "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno and "CNN Heroes," among others.

Her fans have grown to expect Nettles to deliver memorable, heartfelt performances both individually and with surprise duet partners: At the 2007 AMAs, Beyonce joined Sugarland on stage for a countrified version of her hit single "Irreplaceable."

Two years later, at The Kennedy Center Honors, Nettles paid tribute to icon Bruce Springsteen, covering "Glory Days" and "I'm on Fire" with Ben Harper. In 2010, Nettles, Katy Perry and Keri Hilson opened "VH1 Divas: Salute The Troops" with a playful and sexy reprise of the WWII-era hit "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and most recently Nettles treated fans to a show-stopping performance of "You and I" with Lady Gaga at the 2011 'Grammy Nominations Live' concert.

Nettles and her Sugarland partner Kristian Bush have performed in numerous European countries and have headlined multiple U.S. tours that continue to sell out venues across the country.

With a legendary score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it shows no sign of ever slowing down!

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.

CHICAGO is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, with set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.

CHICAGO currently stars Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron "Mama" Morton.

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

TICKETING AND THEATRE INFO

CHICAGO now plays on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.). The weekly performance schedule is as follows:

Monday at 8 p.m.

Tuesday at 8 p.m.

Thursday at 8 p.m.

Friday at 8 p.m.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Sunday at 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are available by calling Telecharge.com at 212-239-6200.

Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Ambassador Theatre Box Office.

Regular Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.

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