Are you ready for "All That Jazz"? Chicago reopens at Broadway's Ambassador Theatre, and tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.
Chicago is a musical about murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery, and it's both the longest-running American musical and longest-running musical revival in Broadway history. Chicago officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996, and its since moved to the Shubert Theatre and now the Ambassador Theatre from January 2003.
The casting for Chicago on Broadway in 2021 includes Ana Villafañe (as Roxie Hart), Bianca Marroquín (as Velma Kelly), Paulo Szot (as Billy Flynn), Lillias White (as Matron "Mama" Morton), Raymond Bokhour (as Amos Hart), and Ryan Lowe (as Mary Sunshine). The previous cast starred Amra-Faye Wright (as Velma Kelly), Ryan Silverman (as Billy Flynn), and Haley Swindal (as Matron "Mama" Morton), with Raymond Bokhour and R. Lowe in their current roles.
Chicago 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 and revealing costumes as well as its Fosse-inspired choreography have made the musical one of the most widely recognised Broadway shows worldwide.
Along with Cabaret, Chicago is often considered as one of the best pieces of musical theatre from the legendary song-writing duo John Kander and Fred Ebb. They won the the Grammy Award for best musical theatre 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.
There's nothing quite like experiencing this sizzling show and musical score live!
(Photos by Jeremy Daniel)