Running since November 1996 An elegant, minimally staged revival of Kander and 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.
From the producers: Come on, Babe! If you're looking for razzle-dazzle entertainment… If you're looking for a night out at the theater you'll remember for years to come...If you're looking for pure Broadway...then look no further than "Chicago!" A true New York City institution, "Chicago" has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping-song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you’ve ever seen. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical...whether you've seen the Academy Award-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage...or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, "Chicago" always delivers.
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 a writhing, gyrating homage to the libido that can still raise an eyebrow or two.
Casting Notes: Mel B, "Scary Spice" of the Spice Girls and a judge on "America's Got Talent" will assume the role of merry murderess Roxie Hart 12/28 - 2/19. Mel B will not appear 1/5-1/10.
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."
The original Broadway production of "Chicago" was a modest hit and ran for 2 years. Now, 20 years into its second Broadway run, "Chicago" is a bona fide international sensation, and has wowed audiences around the world. In addition, the 2002 film (which was clearly spawned by this successful stage revival) won six 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).