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Billy Ray Cyrus is getting ready to ramp up his acting cred by giving Broadway a try.  

Billy Ray's been famous for acting almost as long as he's been famous for singing, but now he's getting ready to try something entirely new....Broadway. 

USA Today is reporting that this November 5 through December 23, Billy Ray will be taking on the part of attorney Billy Flynn in the long-running musical Chicago.  

"I love acting, and I'm always up for learning new things," Billy Ray says.

Billy Ray appeared in a Toronto production of Annie Get Your Gun in 2005, but admitted to never having seen Chicago on stage or the movie version until producers invited him to check it out.  

Billy ray says he hopes to model his version of Billy Flynn after both the stage version played by John O'Hurley and the movie version played by Richard Gere.

"I'm probably going to borrow from both performances — but make it my own, as they say in this business." Not that he assumes it will be easy: "I get a little nervous thinking about it. Maybe a lot nervous."

Apart from taking on Broadway, Billy Ray's also planning an autobiography called Hillbilly Heart that's due in April and a new album that he says is for now called Change My Mind, which is scheduled to hit stores this October.

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