Actress Carly Hughes, best known for her work on Broadway, now stars as Angela in the ABC family comedy "American Housewife."
Hughes is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. Her talent was recognized in 2003 when she became a recipient of the prestigious Princess Grace Award for Acting and Excellence in the Arts. Carly received a B.F.A. in musical theatre before moving to New York City to pursue her theater aspirations. She has appeared in eight Broadway shows, most recently starring as Velma Kelly in "Chicago," The Leading Player in "Pippin," and Lucille/Shirley of the Shirelles in "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical." Hughes appeared on the "2014 Tony Awards," "The Today Show" and "The View" to perform her song "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," helping to win the 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Her other Broadway credits include "The Book of Mormon," "Ghost: The Musical," "Ragtime," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas." Hughes has also starred at regional theaters across the country, and her voice can be heard in most of the songs in "Lucky Stiff," the Ahrens & Flaherty movie musical.
When she is not performing, Carly enjoys cooking for friends and learning about wine. Many days she can be found watching the Food Network to expand her culinary expertise. Known to her friends as "Crafty Carly," she spends time making handmade scarves and gift baskets. She also loves traveling to experience other cultures and hopes to take a trip to a new destination every year.