The Achy Breaky Heart hitmaker was eager to test his acting and singing skills on the New York stage but he wasn't going to settle for just any part - and he's glad he held out for a more challenging job because playing a musician wasn't for him.
Cyrus went on to sign up for a stint in the current Broadway production of Chicago as criminal lawyer Billy Flynn, and he couldn't be happier.
He tells People magazine, ""I couldn't do something predictable. I was offered Rock of Ages and turned it down. Billy is this slick lawyer; he's the total opposite of me. I thought, 'That will be a challenge.' When I saw the entire production, it all turned me on! It was like, 'Theatre could be this?' As an actor, I thought, 'I want to learn some of that!'.""
Cyrus began his seven-week stint in the hit show earlier this month (Nov12).