Running since November 1996 An elegant, minimally-staged revival of Kander & Ebb's gritty, satirical musical - lust, treachery, and murder among chorus girls and backstage types in old Chicago. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
Bob Fosse, the legendary choreographer who created the original (1976) production of "Chicago," got most of his early training in burlesque halls. In that tradition, the musical is an homage to the libido - a writhing, gyrating tour-de-force sure to raise an eyebrow or two.
This production was conceived and directed by Walter Bobbie as a staged concert and then morphed into a Broadway revival (note - there's not much scenery). It features Fosse's original choreography as restaged by Ann Reinking, and an excellent score including the classic "All That Jazz."
Cast Update: Talk-show host Wendy Williams will make her Broadway debut in the role of Matron "Mama" Morton June 25-August 11.
The original Broadway production of "Chicago" was a modest hit, and ran for 2 years. Now, more than 15 years into its second Broadway run, "Chicago" is a bona fide international sensation. It has earned 6 Tony Awards, London's Olivier Award, and a Grammy Award, and wowed audiences from Mexico City to Moscow and Sao Paulo to South Africa. In addition, the 2002 film (which was clearly spawned by this successful stage revival) won 6 Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
1997 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design, Best Actor in a Musical (James Naughton), Best Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth).
1997 Drama Desk: Outstanding Revival of a Musical, Outstanding Direction of a Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth), Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Gray).