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Chicago on Broadway
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Chicago on Broadway Tickets

New York
23 Oct 1996 -
Experience all that jazz at one of Broadway's longest running musicals.
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Chicago on Broadway Information

Are you ready for all that jazz? Chicago has been going strong on Broadway for more than 25 years. Get Chicago tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.

The Chicago musical had its Broadway premiere in 1975, directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse and starring Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera. That production ran for two years. New York City Center's Encores! program for seldom revived musicals mounted a brief concert production in 1996, which transferred to Broadway and is the very same production still running today.

The revival, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking in Fosse's style, is now the longest-running American Broadway show and longest-running revival in Broadway history. Chicago officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996, and it has since moved to the Shubert Theatre and finally the Ambassador Theatre in January 2003.

Chicago on Broadway was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1997. The show ultimately won six trophies, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical. The production's highly stylized costumes as well as its Fosse-inspired choreography have made the musical one of the most widely recognised Broadway shows worldwide.

A Chicago film adaptation was released in 2002, starring Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart, Catherine Zeta-Jones as Velma Kelly, Richard Gere as Billy Flynn, Queen Latifah as Matron "Mama" Morton, and John C. Reilly as Amos Hart. The film went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture at the 75th Academy Awards, becoming the first movie musical to do so since Oliver! in 1968.

What is the Chicago musical about?

Chicago is based on a same-named 1926 play by journalist Maureen Dallas Watkins, who covered real-life trials like Roxie's and Velma's. The Chicago musical is about murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery, and treachery — and old-fashioned showbiz and razzle dazzle.

Housewife and aspiring vaudevillian Roxie Hart lands in jail for murdering her lover, and she quickly learns that making headlines is the only way to get acquitted. She and veteran vaudeville star Velma Kelly, a fellow murderess, vie for the attention of the press and a smooth-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn, in this satire of celebrity culture and the justice system.

Who wrote the Chicago musical?

Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse wrote the book for the Chicago musical, with Ebb also writing lyrics and John Kander composing the music.

Along with CabaretChicago is often considered as one of the best pieces of musical theatre from the legendary songwriting duo Kander and Ebb. They won the the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for Chicago, with a jazz-infused score including hits like "Cell Block Tango," "When You're Good to Mama," "Mr. Cellophane," and "Razzle Dazzle."

Is the Chicago musical kid-friendly?

Chicago is recommended for ages 13 and up, as the show contains strong language and references to sex and crime.

There's nothing quite like experiencing this sizzling show and musical score live! Get Chicago tickets in New York now. 

(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)

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Run time

2hr 30min (Inc. intermission).

Opening date

October 23rd, 1996


Musicals, Broadway

Booking from

September 14th, 2021

Booking until

April 2nd, 2023

Previews from

October 23rd, 1996


Ambassador Theatre


May be inappropriate for 12 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Cast and creative

By: John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producer: Barry & Fran Weissler, Jujamcyn Theatres in association with Kordan Productions
Cast list: Charlotte d'Amboise (as Roxie Hart), Lana Gordon (as Velma Kelly), Jinkx Monsoon (as Matron "Mama" Morton), James T. Lane (as Billy Flynn), Evan Harrington (as Amos Hart), R. Lowe (as Mary Sunshine)
Design: John Lee Beatty
Lighting: Ken Billington
Costume: William Ivey Long
Choreography: Ann Reinking
Sound: Scott Lehrer

Our review

Photo credit: Cast of Chicago (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)
Review of Chicago



20 years old and she’s still got it, folks! With the 20th Anniversary of Chicago speedily approaching, I took a trip to Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre to witness that timeless story of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery… and rest assured, I still hold it near and dear to my heart! Chicago is the second longest-running show in Broadway history, behind Andrew Lloyd Webber’s infamous Phantom, and still holds the record of being the longest-running musical...

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UPDATE: Chicago has set additional casting, with James T. Lane also joining the cast on January 16 as Billy Flynn. When you're good to Monsoon, Monsoon's good to you! Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon will make her Broadway debut in Chicago this winter. She will take on the role of Matron "Mama" Morton for eight weeks, from January 16 through March 12. "“To be making my Broadway debut, as my favorite role, in one of my favorite shows— that lifelong dream is coming true and then...

Photo credit: Chicago cast (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

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They're bringing all that jazz! Chicago has set new casting from November 7, which includes Broadway veterans Charlotte d'Amboise and Ryan Silverman, and Isaac Mizrahi in his Broadway debut. Mizrahi, best known for his talk show The Isaac Mizrahi Show and his seven-season stint as a Project Runway: All-Stars judge, will step into the role of Amos Hart for three weeks. d'Amboise returns the role of Roxie Hart, who she has played on Broadway multiple times since 1999; and Ryan Silverman will play...


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