Hugh then worked as the composer for Chicago's Artists-In-Residence theater program for two years, crafting musical comedies, touring shows and a musical version of "Comedy of Errors" production staged at Navy Pier.
In 1996, Hugh's "Wedge" CD made CMJ's Top Ten Most Added Album list in April 1996. The band also earned rave reviews from The Chicago Reader, College Music Journal and others.
Hugh began work on Wrecking Ball: A Musical after moving to Los Angeles. He recorded some of the material with Russian composer/engineer Alex Kharlamv, who helped score Angelina Jolie's Salt.