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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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Tue 7pm
Wed - Sat 8pm

Sun at 6:30pm
Wed & Sat at 2pm

Chicago – the musical, has completed 10 very successful years on Broadway, since it opened on November 14, 1996 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway. It moved to the Shubert Theater and had its first performance there on November 2, 1997, and continued its successful run until January 26, 2003. From January 29, 2003 onwards, it has been entertaining audiences at the Ambassador Theater, now owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization. As of November 19, 2006, the musical, has had 4,171 performances on Broadway, becoming the eighth longest running musical on Broadway.

The production was nominated for eight Tony Awards in 1997, and won six of them for: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, and Best Direction of a Musical. The same year, in 1997 it also won six of the eight Drama Desk Awards it was nominated for. It also won the Theater World Award for 1999.

The Origin

The musical is based on a play by the same name written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, a reporter of the Chicago Tribune. It re-tells about two very public trials - those of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner - for murders that occurred in Chicago in 1924.

The Broadway show was first performed as A Musical Vaudeville in 1975, and opened on June 3, 1975. The show was about the world we live in, about the glamorization of criminals, and how we turn criminals into celebrities. The play received mixed reactions. Liza Minnelli, too, stepped in to play a role in the play for about a month.

The musical, directed by Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Ann Reinking, was revived on Broadway in 1996. This play has been highly acclaimed by both, the audiences as well as the critics.

The Story

The character in the play, Roxie Hart, was based on Annan, accused for the murder of Harry Kalstedt. According to the Chicago Tribune, after killing Kalstedt, Annan played ‘Hula Lou’ – a foxtrot record – repeatedly for two hours, before calling her husband to say she killed a man. Annan was acquitted on May 25, 1924.

The role of Gaertner – who was a cabaret singer – was essayed by the character Velma. According to police testimony, the body of Walter Law was found behind the steering wheel of Gaertner’s abandoned car on March 12, 1924. The two policemen had seen a woman get into the car, shortly before gunshots were heard. Gaertner was acquitted on June 6, 1924.

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