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 show’s longevity is credited to the crisp choreography, precise score, intriguing storyline, and an ever-changing cast of popular actors.
This is your chance to get some of the best tickets to the show. Listed below will be tickets for all shows in the country. Some may be touring groups while others may be on Broadway. Be sure to know the difference. If the date you wish to attend isn’t listed be sure to check out the load more button. This will take you to all of the listings. You’ll be surprised about how many seats are out of these for you to choose from. The key is getting the best seat for Chicago.
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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 directed and choreographed it. The original cast included Gwen Verdon as Roxie Hart, Chita Rivera as Velma Kelly, and Jerry Orbach, of television’s 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 1920s 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 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 show’s more popular tunes; “All That Jazz”.
Best Seats for Chicago the Musical
Getting the best seats to Chicago the Musical will be what you are after. There is nothing like a good seat to take in a show. No matter the event this will come down to money. Try and spend a few extra dollars to get that top seat. Look Center section of the theater, but don’t worry about the first 15 rows. Try to get close to the center as you can. If you have to take inner seats on the outside sections these will give you some great views and save you a few bucks. Also, consider balcony seating, but try for center sections.
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 on sale now.