Inside Scoop: Chicago
If you're having trouble deciding on a show to see while in New York City, the Tony-winning Best Musical Revival Chicago is Broadway's sure bet! Filled with knockout dancing, a ripped-from-the-headlines story about fame and scandal, one show-stopping song after another, and just about everything else that makes a musical great, it's really no wonder it's become a runaway success in over 250 cities worldwide and a winner of multiple Tony Awards, Olivier Awards, and Grammy Awards!
With a running time of two and a half hours, Chicago is worth the ticket price. Visitors can catch an evening or matinee show at The Ambassador Theatre. The show includes a fifteen minute intermission. (Opened 11/14/96.)
In 2016, Chicago will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The year's commemorative events include:
Six-time Tony-winning costume designer William Ivey Long is currently revising some of his Tony-nominated designs for the show and will debut them around the show’s November anniversary performance.
From July 20th to the 24th, the legendary stars of Takarazuka, the all-female Japanese musical revue troupe, celebrate the centennial of their founding with their first appearance in New York in over 25 years. Takarazuka CHICAGO will mark the first time ever that two identical productions in two different languages will be running at the same time in NYC. As a coda to the performance, a razzle-dazzle revue—replete with glittering costumes and dance—will be performed by the entire company (It’s the tradition with all Takarazuka’s shows, which attract an audience of 2.5 million annually.) Takarazuka CHICAGO will play at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for six performances only.
On August 31st, SummerStage, the City Parks Foundation’s free performing arts festival, will present a one-night-only concert-style Chicago performance in Central Park featuring Kander and Ebb’s groundbreaking score and Ann Reinking’s award-winning choreography.
Opening in October at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts in Lincoln Center will be an exhibition of Chicago materials (currently on display at London's Victoria and Albert Museum). The Library for the Performing Arts will also present public programs examining Chicago's history, featuring the show's Broadway cast and creative team members.
Watch this video to learn some tips before you go to see Chicago on Broadway.