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!
UPDATE: This production is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay tuned for more information.
Tickets are on sale now to see the Broadway sensation that is Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway.
Welcome to our show listing for a musical about murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery -- all those things that we hold near and dear to our hearts…
Chicago is the longest-running American musical and longest-running musical revival in Broadway history. This production officially opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996, following previews from October 23. It moved to the Shubert Theatre in February 1997 and then transferred to its current home of the Ambassador Theatre in January 2003. The original production of the musical played at the Richard Rodgers (then known as the 46th Street Theatre) from May 1975 through to August 1977.
The Broadway revival was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1997, ultimately winning six trophies, including "Best Revival of a Musical,” “Best Choreography,” and “Best Direction of a Musical.” It is the production’s highly stylized and revealing costumes as well as its Fosse-inspired choreography that have made the musical one of the most widely recognised Broadway shows in the entire world.
Along with Cabaret, Chicago is often considered as one of the best pieces of musical theatre from the legendary song-writing duo of John Kander and Fred Ebb. Their efforts were rewarded in 1997 with the Grammy Award for “Best Musical Theater Album” for their classic, jazz-infused score that has spawned such hits as “Cell Block Tango,” “When You’re Good to Mama,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “All That Jazz”.
In 2002, Miramax finally released a much-anticipated film adaptation of the musical, 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, directed by Rob Marshall, went on to win the Oscar for “Best Picture” at the 75th Academy Awards.
But there's nothing quite like experiencing this sizzling show and musical score live!
(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.