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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.

Chicago is a 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.

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 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.

Along with CabaretChicago is often considered as one of the best pieces of musical theatre from the legendary songwriting duo John Kander and Fred 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."

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.

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

(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)

Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defense and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public.

Run time

2hr 30min (Inc. intermission).

Opening date

October 23rd, 1996

Categories

Musicals, Opening Soon

Booking from

September 14th, 2021

Booking until

April 2nd, 2023

Previews from

October 23rd, 1996

Venue

Ambassador Theatre

Age

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), Charity Angél Dawson (as Matron "Mama" Morton), Ryan Silverman (as Billy Flynn), Isaac Mizrahi (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)

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