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Chicago on Broadway
Chicago on Broadway

Chicago on Broadway

New York, NY
2hr 30min (Inc. intermission)
Recommended 13+
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About Chicago on Broadway

A true New York City institution, "Chicago" has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.

No wonder "Chicago" has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations.

It's also no surprise that "Chicago" has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from Sao Paulo to South Africa.

Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, "Chicago" always delivers.

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True crime stories are all the rage these days, and this tale of accused murderesses in Prohibition-era Chicago is based on (unrelated) 1920s court cases involving Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner. In the satirical musical dramedy about how “celebrities” manipulate the law, Beulah and Belva become Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively. They're two performers just trying to keep the media’s eyes on their talent and good looks instead of their allegedly murderous acts.

When showgirl Roxie lands in the clinker for the death of her lover, she discovers a kindred spirit in vaudevillian Velma, who is accused of killing her sister and her husband when she caught them in bed. However, as Roxy starts mimicking Velma’s acts of distraction and hires the same lawyer, Billy Flynn (who has ulterior motives of his own), the two women become invested in beating each other — and the system.

Bob Fosse’s iconic Chicago musical, with music and lyrics by the inimitable John Kander and Fred Ebb, has earned the position as longest-running musical revival on Broadway. The original production, which starred Chita Rivera as Velma and Fosse’s wife Gwen Verdon as Roxie, only played for two years from 1975-77. This stylistic trip down murderer’s row will leave you tap dancing in your seat. But make eye contact with the ensemble at your own risk, as Fosse famously told the cast in 1975: “Dare the audience to look at you, and then look back at them with murder in your eyes.”

What to watch for

  • The film based on the Chicago musical won the 2003 Academy Award for Best Picture and starred Renée Zellweger as Roxie Hart, Catherine Zeta Jones as Velma Kelly, and Richard Gere as Billy Flynn.
  • Did you know that Chicago is based on a play? It's called 'Brave Little Woman' and is by reporter-cum-playwright Maurice Dallas Watkins who wrote it while at Yale Drama School about her experience as a crime reporter for the Chicago Tribune.
  • The revival began as a concert presentation at New York City Center’s Encores! in May 1996 and then transferred to Broadway in November that same year, maintaining much of the sparseness of the concert’s staging.
  • Ann Reinking, who replaced Gwen Verdon in the original Chicago and played Roxie Hart in the revival, choreographed the production “in the style of Fosse.” The choreography of the “Hot Honey Rag” remains in tact from the original.
  • The Chicago Broadway cast often features celebrities. Those who've starred so far include Usher, Brandy, Taye Diggs, Michael C. Hall, Wayne Brady, Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson, Jerry Springer, Patrick Swayze, Sofia Vergara, Rita Wilson, Jamie Camil, Nene Leakes and Rumer Willis.
Run time

2hr 30min (Inc. intermission)

Start date

October 23rd, 1996




The Ambassador Theatre


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