Chicago: B'way's 3rd longest running show

On 20 Dec 2012, the internationally acclaimed revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago will reach yet another major milestone when it becomes the third-longest running production in Broadway history, surpassing 'Les Miserables' with a total of 6,681 performances!

As of that date, the top ten longest-running Broadway productions will be as follows (* indicates the production is still running):

  • 1. * The Phantom of the Opera 10,355)
  • 2. Cats (7,485)
  • 4. * Chicago (6,681)
  • 3. Les Miserables (6,680)
  • 5. *The Lion King (6,269)
  • 6. A Chorus Line (6,137)
  • 7. Oh! Calcutta! (5,959)
  • 8. Beauty and the Beast (5,461)
  • 9. Rent (5,123)
  • 10. *Mamma Mia! (4,631)
"Throughout the past 17 years, this production has exceeded my wildest expectations time and time again," said longtime producer Barry Weissler. "Six Tony Awards, a Grammy Award-winning cast album, a six-time Academy Award-winning film adaptation, celebrated productions in 24 countries and 12 different languages across the globe - and now we're breaking Les Miserables' incredible record to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history."

"This is truly a remarkable day, and on behalf of the entire Chicago company, I want to thank the legions of fans and beloved audience members worldwide who have helped our show achieve this incredible milestone in Broadway history."

Now in its 17th year on the Great White Way, Chicago is the second longest-running production currently playing on Broadway, as well as Broadway's longest-running musical revival.

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 now booking through to 1 Sep 2013.

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 company currently stars Amra-Fay Wright (Velma Kelly), Amy Spanger (Roxie Hart), *Billy Ray Cyrus (Billy Flyn), Carol Woods (Mama Morton), Raymond Bokhor (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
**Christopher Sieber assumes the role of 'Billy Flyn' from 25 Dec 2012.

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.

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