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Experience all that jazz at one of Broadway's longest running musicals.
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About Chicago on Broadway

Are you ready for all that jazz? Chicago on Broadway has brought the razzle dazzle for more than 25 years. Get Chicago tickets on New York Theatre Guide now and have a killer night at the theatre.

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 same production still running today.

The Chicago Broadway 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 later 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. Step into the Jazz Age at the Chicago musical, 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 Cabaret, Chicago 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 throughout.

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

(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)

Run time

2hr 30min. Incl. 15min intermission.

Start date

October 23rd, 1996

Age

Ages 13+. Children under 4 are not permitted.

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Sophia C

123 Reviews | 211 Followers
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Delightful, Entertaining, Exquisite, Funny, Great acting

See it if BEST SHOW EVER!

Don’t see it if YOU HAVE TO SEE IT

George 6090

George 6090

187 Reviews | 211 Followers
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Clever, Entertaining, Great acting

See it if enjoy Kander and Ebb

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NS

279 Reviews | 202 Followers
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Entertaining, Riveting, Quirky, Must see, Playing forever

See it if Saw it at Encores, and several times on Bway. It was outstanding. But it has been around forever and is a star cycle vehicle. buyer beware

Don’t see it if If you want to see something timely and fresh, look elsewhere. Shows get old and tired.

Sing out Louise

Sing out Louise

252 Reviews | 222 Followers
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... come on babe, why don’t we paint the town... and all that jazz!!

See it if over 20 years ago, this revival opened with perfect casting... one of my favorite Broadway experiences.

Don’t see it if thank you to the original creatives Kander, Ebb & Fosse; OBRC: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, James Naughton!

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Our Review

'Chicago' review

5 of 5
11 Oct 2022, 14:15
Read our 20th anniversary review of Chicago on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre.

Chicago on Broadway cast and creative team

By: John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse
Director: Walter Bobbie
Producer: Barry & Fran Weissler, Jujamcyn Theatres in association with Kordan Productions
Cast list: Bianca Marroquín (as Roxie Hart), Robyn Hurder (as Velma Kelly), NaTasha Yvette Williams (as Matron "Mama" Morton), Max von Essen (as Billy Flynn), Red Concepción (as Amos Hart), R. Lowe (as Mary Sunshine), Max Clayton (as Fred Casely)
Design: John Lee Beatty
Lighting: Ken Billington
Costume: William Ivey Long
Choreography: Ann Reinking
Sound: Scott Lehrer

Venue

219 West 49th Street, New York, NY, United States, 10019

Accessibility

4 wheelchair spaces

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Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday-7:00 PM
Tuesday-7:00 PM
Wednesday--
Thursday-7:00 PM
Friday-8:00 PM
Saturday2:30 PM8:00 PM
Sunday2:00 PM7:00 PM

Frequently asked questions

What is Chicago on Broadway about?

See why this second-longest-running Broadway show has razzle-dazzled so many audiences. A scorching satire of celebrity culture with classic Kander and Ebb tunes, Chicago shows how two ladies use showbiz pizzazz to get away with murder. Get tickets to witness the criminally fun revival that won six Tony Awards.

Where is Chicago on Broadway playing?

Chicago on Broadway is playing at Ambassador Theatre. The theatre is located in 219 West 49th Street, New York, 10019.

How long is Chicago on Broadway?

The running time of Chicago on Broadway is 2hr 30min. Incl. 15min intermission.

What's the age requirement for Chicago on Broadway?

The recommended age for Chicago on Broadway is Ages 13+. Children under 4 are not permitted..

How do you book tickets for Chicago on Broadway?

Book tickets for Chicago on Broadway on New York Theatre Guide.

How much do tickets cost for Chicago on Broadway?

Tickets for Chicago on Broadway start at $78.

Who wrote the Chicago musical?

The music for Chicago is written by composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb. Ebb also co-wrote the show's script with Bob Fosse. They adapted the musical from a 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, also titled Chicago.

What songs are in Chicago on Broadway?

The songs for Chicago, written by John Kander and Fred Ebb, include "Cell Block Tango," "All That Jazz," "Razzle Dazzle," "Roxie," and "We Both Reached for the Gun." Learn about all the songs in Chicago on Broadway.

Is Chicago on Broadway appropriate for kids?

Chicago is not recommended for young children; the age recommendation is 13 and up due to its themes of murder, sex, crime, and adultery. Please note that children 4 and younger are not permitted in Broadway theatres.

When did Chicago open on Broadway?

The current production of Chicago opened in 1996. It was the musical's first revival following its 1996 premiere. Chicago is now the second-longest-running show and longest-running revival in Broadway history.

Who directed Chicago on Broadway?

Walter Bobbie directs the current production of the Chicago musical. He has worked on Broadway as a writer, director, and performer since 1971, and he's also known for staging musicals like Sweet Charity, Footloose, and Bright Star.

Is Chicago on Broadway good?

New York Theatre Guide's 20th-anniversary review of Chicago calls the show "a living, breathing piece of musical theatre history, which rightfully remains at the Ambassador Theatre and reminds us that all you need is class and, of course, all that jazz," rating it five stars. Chicago is now more than 25 years old, proving the lasting appeal of its story, songs, and talent.

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