Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles Stepping Into 'Chicago' on Broadway

Jennifer Nettles CMA H 2014
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Jennifer Nettles CMA H 2014

The country singer's eight-week engagement marks her Broadway debut

Jennifer Nettles is spending some time behind bars — via Broadway's Chicago.

The Sugarland singer will step into the lead role of Roxie Hart in the production at the Ambassador Theatre. The eight-week engagement — beginning on Feb. 2 and ending on March 29 — marks her Broadway debut.

"Broadway has always been a special, magical place, with a wonderful tradition of singers and actors," said Nettles in a a statement. "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."

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Nettles will settle into the role of a deadly housewife in the 1920s-set musical about murder and media just after the show has become the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The Walter Bobbie-directed production won six Tony Awards in 1977, including Best Musical Revival, as well as the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

"We're absolutely thrilled to welcome Jennifer into our Chicago family this winter," added 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 of Roxie Hart."

Earlier this year, the country star broke out as a solo artist with her debut album, That Girl. In addition to the accolades Sugarland has collected over the past decade, Nettles has also won five ASCAP awards for her songwriting, and in 2008 individually received a Grammy, ACM Award and CMA Award for penning the hit "Stay." She was honored at the 2009 ACM Awards as the first woman to be the solo songwriter on an ACM "Song of the Year" winner since 1972.

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