Chicago is eleven years old
The Broadway revival of the musical, Chicago is now eleven years old. The musical opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on the 14 Nov 1996, following previews from 23 Oct 1996. On the 11 Feb 1997 it moved to the Shubert Theatre, and then moved to the Ambassador Theatre on 29 Jan 2003, where the musical is currently selling tickets through to 29 Jun 2008.
Note: due to the Broadway strike there are no performances of the musical at the present time.
Chicago won six 1997 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction, Best Choreography, Best Actor (James Naughton), Best Actress (Bebe Neuwirth) and Best Lighting. The musical is the longest running revival in Broadway history, and is the eighth-longest running musical on Broadway.
Chicago currently stars Brenda Braxton (Velma Kelly), Michelle DeJean (Roxie Hart), Adriane Lenox (Matron 'Mama' Morton), Brian McKnight (Billy Flynn), Rob Bartlett (Amos Hart) and R. Lowe (Mary Sunshine).
Chicago has music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Book by Bob Fosse & Fred Ebb.
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 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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