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Country crooner Billy Ray Cyrus is switching up stages. The Achy Breaky Heart singer made his Broadway debut last night in the Tony award-winning musical ‘Chicago’ at the Ambassador Theatre.

The 51-year-old singer-song writer spoke about his latest project, “You can’t tire a man out who’s already tired. Sometimes you’ve just got to step up to the plate to learn something new.”

For the next seven weeks, ending Dec. 23, Billy will play the ethically challenged lawyer Billy Flynn.

He commented on his smarmy character, “I’ve never done anything like this. To play a lawyer? I’m usually on the flip side of that. So this is a real stretch for me.”

“The music? It feels right. This music could be part of me. Finding Billy Flynn as a lawyer? That’s why I’m here. I want to become a better actor. I love acting and this looked like a real great opportunity for me to learn. And to be on Broadway? This is like me getting a doctorate as an actor.”

Tish Cyrus tweeted prior to his first performance, “So proud of my husband for doing Chicago on Broadway. Go Get Em’ Lovey.”

Looks like Miley Cyrus was too busy to comment to her 10 million Twitter fans. Could it be that dad and daughter aren’t seeing eye to eye these days?

We’ve included photos from his after-party at Victor’s Cafe in Manhattan:

Photo Credit: Joseph Marzullo-WENN