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Ambassador Theater

219 West 49th Street

2 hours and 30 mins with one intermission

November 14, 1996 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Musical

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When Chicago opened in the fall of 1996 at the Ambassador Theater it was praised by audiences and critics alike and now has the distinct honor of being the longest running revival in Broadway history. The shows longevity is credited to the crisp choreography, precise score, intriguing storyline and an ever changing cast of popular actors.

This show, based on the play by Maurine Dallas, first opened on Broadway in 1975. The legendary Bob Fosse wrote the book for the musical and also directed and choreographed. The original cast included Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart, Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly and Jerry Orbach, of televisions Law and Order fame, in the role of attorney Billy Flynn. At first the original production did not have as much success as the revival. It had the misfortune of opening the same year as The Chorus Line which didn’t help at either the box office or the Tony Awards. The show was already on the verge of closing when Verdon inhaled a feather during a performance which resulted in a throat infection. The producers decided to cut their losses when Liza Minnelli offered to play the role in place of Verdon. Minnelli’s run lasted only a month, but is credited with the production continuing until 1977.

The show is set in the 1920’s at the Cook County Jail where Velma Kelly is awaiting her acquittal for shooting her cheating husband and sister. Velma is the media’s top story until Roxie Hart is arrested for killing her lover. Velma is not happy that Roxie has not only stolen her spotlight, but her lawyer as well. Both women vie for the media attention in hopes that when they are released they will become the next big thing. Unfortunately their fame is short lived when the next murderer-of-the-week comes along.

Chicago has won more Tony awards than any other revival including Best Musical Revival, Best Choreographer and Best Actress for Bebe Neuwirth. Ms. Neuwirth, best known for her role as Lilith Sternin-Crane in the eighties and nineties sitcoms Cheers and Frasier, starred as Velma Kelly in the original revival, and returned in December of 2006 as Roxie Hart. This marked the first time an actress played both starring roles in the production.

A big screen version of the musical was created in 2002 and starred Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta Jones and Richard Gere. The film gained much success. It even took home the Oscar for Best Picture while Zeta-Jones won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Velma Kelly. The movie did a great job of recreating the Broadway production and featured many of the same songs including one of the shows more popular tunes; “All That Jazz”.

In the past ten years, Chicago’s cast has included many well-known actors. The production often casts stars that one would not always consider a Broadway performer. It usually seems to work since the show has seen much success in the past decade, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Broadway Chicago show tickets are currently onsale now.

Broadway Chicago Show Tickets

Broadway Chicago Show Tickets are running between $64-$121.50 from the box office with Broadway Chicago show tickets costing between $77.00 and $237.00 for premium seats and sold out performances. To view a great online selection of Broadway Chicago Show Tickets click the link.

Show Times

Wed Sat Sun 2pm

Tue 7pm
Wed through Sat 8pm
Sun 7pm


Take the 1 train to 50th Street. Walk south to 49th Street, west to 8th Avenue.


Brenda Braxton, Velma Kelly
Bianca Marroquin, Roxie Hart
Christopher McDonald, Billy Flynn
Ray Bokhour, Amos Hart
Lillias White, Matron Mama Morton
R. Lowe, Mary Sunshine

Latest Cast:

Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart
Brenda Braxton as Velma Kelly
Terra C MacLeod as Velma Kelly (Oct 27 - Nov 2 only)
Tom Wopat as Billy Flynn
Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn (from Nov 3)
Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart
Carol Woods as "Mama Morton"
R. Lowe, Mary Sunshine


Script Adaptation - David Thompson
Music - John Kander
Lyrics - Fred Ebb
Book - Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb
Director - Walter Bobbie
Choreographer - Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse
Sets - John Lee Beatty
Lighting - Ken Billington
Costumes - William Ivey Long
Sound - Scott Lehrer
Music Director - Vincent Fanuele
Orchestrations - Ralph Burns

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