Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Ray Cyrus as CHICAGO's 'Billy Flynn'
As previously announced, this fall, Broadway's acclaimed record-breaking revival of the Tony Award-winning musical CHICAGO will welcome singer, songwriter, actor and multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus in his Broadway stage debut as "that silver-tongued prince of the courtroom," slick criminal lawyer Billy Flynn. Cyrus will play a limited seven-week engagement at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St.) this holiday season, Monday November 5 through Sunday, December 23.
Billy Ray Cyrus is a singer-songwriter, actor and philanthropist who has achieved great success worldwide.
A true music phenomenon since his breakthrough smash hits "Achy Breaky Heart" and "Some Gave All", Cyrus has sold more than 25 million albums internationally, and has had three No. 1 hit singles. Over the course of 11 studio albums since 1992, he has earned nearly 30 chart singles, including 15 Top 40 hits.
With 17 consecutive weeks at Number One on the Billboard 200 chart, the album Some Gave All holds the record for the longest a debut album has held the Number One position and the most consecutive chart-topping weeks in the SoundScan era -- 43 weeks in the Top Ten.
Cyrus' most recent album, I'm American, was released last year in conjunction with his hit TV Series "Surprise Homecoming" on TLC. His newest album, titled Change My Mind, is scheduled for release in late October/early November on Blue Cadillac Records.
Over the last decade, Cyrus has established himself as a successful actor in TV and film, performing in lead roles such as the title character of the PAX-TV series "Doc" and as Robby Ray Stewart, the father of daughter Miley Cyrus' fictional character in the smash Disney Channel series "Hannah Montana."
In addition to appearing in and co-producing Hannah Montana: The Movie, Cyrus' film and television appearances also include the Lifetime film Flying By, Hallmark Channel's original movies Christmas in Canaan and Christmas Comes Home to Canaan, the Jackie Chan action-comedy The Spy Next Door and the critically acclaimed film Mulholland Drive. He also starred in Bait Shop alongside Bill Engval.
Cyrus has also hosted country music's "Nashville Star", and in 2007 was a competitor on the long-running ABC-TV hit "Dancing With The Stars."
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history -- and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down!
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.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, CHICAGO features 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.
Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.