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Usher's In As Flynn

8/23/2006 3:40 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Usher: Click to watchAfter doing music, films and television, Usher Raymond can now add Broadway performer to his repertoire. The hip-hop star had his big debut last night as lawyer Billy Flynn in the musical "Chicago."

Citing greats like Bob Fosse, Sammy Davis Jr. and Ben Vereen as inspirations, Raymond says his plan all along was to be a triple threat.

"I looked at all of the people who were real entertainers. They had the ability to be triple threats: dance, sing and act. I've danced. I've sang and done exceedingly well. I've acted and done well. I want the opportunity to be able to say, 'You can't call me a half entertainer. I'm not. I've done it all.'"

Though "In the Mix" wasn't exactly a hit and his minor roles in the sci-fi film "The Faculty" and rom-com "She's All That" left much to be desired, Raymond certainly has the charisma, voice and moves to fill in the role made famous by Richard Gere in the Oscar winning film.

Usher: Click to watch TMZ caught stars like Penelope Cruz, Clive Davis and Rosie Perez, who all came out to support Usher, as well as Raymond himself as he went into an after-party for his performance.

Usher will perform in the show through October 1st.
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stoopit    

Kid you need a lot more experience to be able to even consider yourself a triple threat.

2899 days ago
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ME    

yeah um I've seen you act, you haven't done that well. How dare he compare himself to the greats!

2899 days ago
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nbr.5    

Umm TMZ... I think the phrase is "In LIKE Flynn"

Just FYI.

2899 days ago
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bogart4017    

"Oh man what do you don't do???"

2898 days ago
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shirley valentine    

Usher is the BEST ! I have never seen so much talent in one person, includeing all the greats he spoke about.

2898 days ago
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RMC    

Usher, there's no doubt that you've talent! I don't know why God would want a middle-ager (in a dream) to tell you that He has given you such success in the pop world - but He needs you to come back to Him now!

2846 days ago
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blksable    

i believe god has a purpose for all of us and you have found yours, yours is to let others know you don't have to limit your self to what's around you, take chances and be GREAT at what you do. wish you all the best

2841 days ago

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