Chicago on Broadway: Tickets, reviews and video

The longest-runnning American show in Broadway history, Chicago still gives New York theater the ole razzle-dazzle.

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  • Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

  • Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

  • Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

  • Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

  • Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

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Ambassador Theatre. Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Dir. Walter Bobbie. With Amy Spanger, Amra-Faye Wright, Raymond Bokhour, and Christopher Sieber. 2hrs 30mins. One intermission.


Chicago was a modest hit when it opened on Broadway in 1975, in a slinky and sardonic production directed by Bob Fosse with his signature fractured-burlesque aplomb. But this sexy, cynical musical by Fosse and the Cabaret team of John Kander and Fred Ebb—which filters the tabloid tale of a 1920s murder trial through a smeared lens of vaudeville showmanship—was overshadowed at the time by the runaway success of A Chorus Line. It was not until Chicago’s 1996 concert revival at City Center’s Encores! series that the musical became a sensation. Preserving the sleek presentational style of director Walter Bobbie’s Encores! staging (and choreographed in Fosse fashion by the auteur’s erstwhile muse, Ann Reinking), the revival moved to the Great White Way in 1997 and has sizzled there ever since; it has now surpassed A Chorus Line to become the longest-running American show in Broadway history. An Oscar-winning 2002 movie version has added to its appeal to tourists, as has the canny celebrity-casting strategy of producers Barry and Fran Weissler. In addition to musical-theater veterans—like original cast members Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth and Joel Grey—countless stars have twinkled across its stage in limited engagements, including Melanie Griffith, Patrick Swayze, Brooke Shields, Billy Ray Cyrus and Usher. If some of the production’s razzle-dazzle has inevitably dimmed with age, the constant influx of new blood helps keep this classic pumping along.—Adam Feldman

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Address
Ambassador Theatre
219 W 49th St
Midtown West
New York

Cross street
between Broadway and Eighth Ave

Phone
212-239-6200

Website
shubertorganization.com

Transportation
Subway: C, E to 50th St; N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St
 
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Chicago opening night cast & crew


Ann Reinking as Roxie Hart
Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly
Joel Grey as Amos Hart
James Naughton as Billy Flynn
Marcia Lewis as Matron "Mama" Morton
David Sabella-Mills as Mary Sunshine
Michael Berresse as Fred Casely
Jim Borstelmann as The Judge
Caitlin Carter as Mona
Bruce Anthony Davis as Martin Harrison / Doctor
Mamie Duncan-Gibbs as Annie
Denise Faye as Liz
David Warren-Gibson as Aaron
Michael Kubala as Sergeant Fogarty / Juror
Mary Ann Lamb as June
John Mineo as Court Clerk / Bailiff
Tina Paul as Hunyak
Rocker Verastique as Harry
Leigh Zimmerman as Go-To-Hell-Kitty
Walter Bobbie - Director
Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse - Book
John Kander - Music
Fred Ebb - Lyrics
Bob Fosse - Original Production Direction and Choreography
Ann Reinking - Choreography in the Style of Bob Fosse
John Lee Beatty - Scenic Design
William Ivey Long - Costume Design
Ken Billington - Lighting Design
Scott Lehrer - Sound Design
Barry & Fran Weissler, Kardana Productions, Hart Sharp Entertainment, PACE Theatrical Group, Inc. - Producers

Chicago awards


1997 Tony Awards
  • Best Revival of a Musical
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical - James Naughton
  • Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Bebe Neuwirth
  • Best Direction of a Musical - Walter Bobbie
  • Best Choreography - Ann Reinking
  • Best Lighting Design - Ken Billington

1997 Drama Desk Awards
  • Outstanding Revival of a Musical
  • Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Bebe Neuwirth
  • Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical - Joel Grey
  • Outstanding Choreography - Ann Reinking
  • Outstanding Director of a Musical - Walter Bobbie
  • Outstanding Lighting Design - Ken Billington