Chicago: becomes the seventh-longest running production in Broadway history
The record-breaking musical Chicago celebrates a major milestone on 24 Mar 2009 when it becomes the seventh-longest running production in Broadway history, surpassing 'Rent' with a total of 5,125 performances!
As of that date, the top ten longest-running Broadway productions will be as follows (* indicates the production is still running):
- The Phantom of the Opera (8,797)*
- Cats (7,485)
- Les Misï¿½rables (6,680)
- A Chorus Line (6,137)
- Oh! Calcutta! (5,959)
- Beauty and the Beast (5,461)
- Chicago (5,125)*
- Rent (5,124)
- The Lion King (4,741)*
- Miss Saigon (4,097)
The show has been playing on Broadway since 14 Nov 1996, it moved to the Ambassador Theatre on the 29 Jan 2003 where it is currently booking through to 6 Sep 2009.
Chicago follows not your usual housewife, Roxie Hart, who gains dubious notoriety when she kills her boyfriend, invents her defence and manipulates everyone from her trustworthy husband to the fickle media and the unsuspecting public. The show features the well known songs, 'All That Jazz,' 'Razzle Dazzle' and 'Mr. Cellophane'.
The musical currently stars Amra-Faye Wright (Velma Kelly), Charlotte dï¿½Amboise (Roxie Hart), Tom Wopat (Billy Flynn), Carol Woods (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Raymond Bokhour (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.
The musical is directed by Walter Bobbie, with choreography by Ann Reinking, scene design by John Lee Beatty, costumes by William Ivey Long, lighting by Ken Billington and sound by Scott Lehrer.
Chicago is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. It is the eighth longest-running production in Broadway history, as well as Broadwayï¿½s longest-running musical revival.
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