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Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles heads to Broadway via ‘Chicago’

BY ELYSA GARDNER

Gannett News Service

Jennifer Nettles is bound from Sugarland to “Chicago,” via Broadway.

It was announced Tuesday that the singer/songwriter — who came to fame as part of the aforementioned country group, and more recently scored a chart-topping country album with her solo debut, “That Girl” — will step into the role of sassy Roxie Hart in the long-running Broadway revival on Feb. 2.

Nettles’ eight-week engagement as Roxie — a role introduced in this production by Ann Reinking and also previously played by Melanie Griffith, Robin Givens and Kara DioGuardi, to name just a few — through March 29.

It won’t be the first time a country star has landed on Broadway, of course; Reba McEntire made a particularly memorable appearance nearly 15 years ago in a revival of “Annie Get Your Gun” that had originally starred Bernadette Peters.