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Winner of 6 Tony Awards

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The musical, considered too dark when it failed in 1975, today seems right in keeping with hard-learned cynicism about the American justice system.

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An intoxicating mix of murder, sex, and razzle-dazzle, Chicago is Broadway at its most iconic. An ever-relevant satire of celebrity culture, it's the tale of two beautiful criminals in the Roaring Twenties who plan to get away with murder by putting on one hell of a show. Known for its sensual Bob Fosse choreography, lacy costumes and finger-clicking score, it is not only Broadway's longest-running American musical; but one of its very best. Ariana Madix (Vanderpump RulesDancing With the Stars) returns to the starring role of Roxie Hart!

Debuting on Broadway in 1975, Chicago was initially overshadowed by the year's other big musical, A Chorus Line, but is now firmly established as one of the Great White Way's most instantly recognizable shows, cemented by 2002's Oscar-winning movie adaptation in 2002, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones, Renee Zellweger, and Richard Gere.

What is the story?

Its Prohibition Era in Chicago and vaudeville performer Velma Kelly is stuck behind bars in the Cook County Jail, awaiting trial for murdering her cheating husband and sister. Fortunately, she has Billy Flynn on her defense team, a famed lawyer with a perfect track record, and a master at manipulating public opinion in favor of his clients. Everything is looking rosy until Roxie Hart turns up. Accused of killing her lover, Roxie is a fame-hungry wannabe, who immediately sets about stealing both Velma's limelight and her lawyer.

Each battling for their 15 minutes of fame, the women go head to head in the race to become Chicago's most notorious criminal and escape the rope.

Did you know?

Chicago is inspired by the true story of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner, two women who were tried for murder, and acquitted, in Chicago in 1924. Maurice Dallas Watkins, a journalist for the Chicago Tribune, covered their sensational trials and later turned their stories into the play upon which the musical is based.

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Dates

Opening night: 23 October 1996

Audience

Chicago may be inappropriate for children aged 12 and under. Children under 4 years of age will not be admitted into the Ambassador Theater.

Run time

Two hours 30 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

Cast and Creative

Cast

Ariana Madix as Roxie Hart
Robyn Hurder as Velma Kelly
Max von Essen as Billy Flynn
Lili Thomas as Mama Morton 
NaTasha Yvette Williams as Mama Morton
Evan Harrington as Amos Hart
R.Lowe as Mary Sunshine
Jinkx Monsoon as Mama Morton from June 27 until July 12 

With

David Bushman, Max Clayton, Kristine Covillo, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Kristen Faith Oei, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, Mikayla Renfrow and Michael Scirrotto

Creative

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Fred Ebb & Bob Fosse
Directed by Walter Bobbie
Produced by Alecia Parker
Choreographed by Ann Reinking, in the style of Bob Fosse
Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Ken Billington
Sound Design: Scott Lehrer
Orchestrations: Ralph Burns
Script Adaptation: David Thompson
Dance Music Arrangements: Peter Howard

Awards

1976 TONY AWARDS 
Nominated

Best Musical 
Best Book of a Musical (Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb)
Best Original Score (John Kander and Fred Ebb)
Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical (Jerry Orbach)
Best performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon)
Best Direction of a Musical (Bob Fosse)
Best Choreography (Bob Fosse)
Best Scenic Design (Tony Walton)
Best Costume Design (Patricia Zipprodt)
Best Lighting Design (Jules Fisher)

1976 DRAMA DESK AWARD 
Winner
Outstanding Lighting Design (Jules Fisher)
Nominated 
Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Jerry Obrach)

1976 GRAMMY AWARD
Nominated 

Best Cast Show Album 

1997 TONY AWARDS
Winner

Best Musical Revival
Best Director (Walter Bobbie)
Best Choreographer (Ann Reinking)
Best Actress (Bebe Neuwirth)
Best Actor (James Naughton)
Best Lighting Design (Ken Billington)
Nominated
Best Performance by a Feautred Actress in a Musical (Marcia Lewis)
Best Costume Design (William Ivey Long)

1998 GRAMMY AWARD
Winner

Best Musical Show Album (RCA Victor-Produced by Jay David Saks)

1997 DRAMA DESK AWARDS
Winner

Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Direction of a Musical (Walter Bobbie)
Outstanding Choreography (Ann Reinking)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Grey)
Nominated

Outstanding Actor in a Musical (James Naughton)
Oustanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Marcia Lewis)

THE NEW YORK DRAMA CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD
A special award to the cast and creative team of CHICAGO for distinguished contribution to the Broadway season.

THE OUTER CRITICS CIRCLE AWARDS
Outstanding Revival of a Musical
Outstanding Director of a Musical (Walter Bobbie)
Outstanding Choreography (Ann Reinking)
Outstanding Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth)
Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical (Joel Grey)

DRAMA LEAGUE AWARD
Distinguished Performance Award to Bebe Neuwirth

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