Jennifer Nettles & Carly Hughes debut in Chicago tonight


Grammy Award winner Jennifer Nettles (of Sugarland) and Broadway alum Carly Hughes begin performances tonight as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively, in the Broadway production of Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Charlotte d’Amboise and Amra-Faye Wright played their final performance on 1 February 2015.

Jennifer Nettles is making her Broadway debut. She is best known for her role as lead vocalist of the Country Music duo 'Sugarland' alongside Kristian Bush. To date she has earned three Grammy awards: Best Collaboration for "Who Says You Can't Go Home" in 2007, and Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group for "Stay", as well as Best Country Song for "Stay" (songwriter) in 2009.

Carly Hughes was last seen on Broadway as Leading Player in 'Pippin.' Her other Broadway credits include 'Beautiful - The Carole King Musical,' 'Ghost The Musical,' 'The Book of Mormon,' 'Ragtime,' and 'Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!'

The current principal cast of Chicago features Jennifer Nettles (Roxie Hart), Carly Hughes (Velma Kelly), Alexander Gemignani (Billy Flynn), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart), NaTasha Yvette Williams (Matron Mama Morton), and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).

Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, Broadway's longest-running musical revival, as well as the longest-running American show in Broadway history. It has been playing on Broadway since 14 November 1996, and it moved to its current home, the Ambassador Theatre, on the 29 January 2003.

Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. The show features the well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.

The musical features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with a book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb. The revival production is directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, scene design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Scott Lehrer.

Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. The show is currently booking to 21 June 2015.

- by Tom Millward

Jennifer Nelles and Carly Hughes