Chicago: The Broadway Musical
Ambassador Theatre, New York - Main Hall
About the Event
The ultimate in Broadway razzle-dazzle, ‘Chicago’ has been filling theatres around the world since its 1975 premiere. A satirical look at the criminal justice system, set in the Windy City at the height of the Jazz Age, the show has no fewer than six Tony, and two Olivier awards, plus a Grammy to its name!
Following a pair of “Merry Murderesses” - leading lady Velma and chorus girl Roxie – through the system, a slick lawyer, sensationalist press and corrupt prison matron complete a cast of all the usual suspects. With choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse and a score by one of the great American musical partnerships, Kander & Ebb, this Roaring 20s-set musical really is “All that Jazz”!
From its spiritual home on New York’s ‘Great White Way’ the Broadway musical has been packing the audiences in for over a century. Legendary writers such as Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim, or partnerships like the Gershwins , Lerner & Loewe, Rogers & Hammerstein, Kander & Ebb, and Boublil & Schönberg, have created spectacular vehicles for star performers – so-called ‘triple threats’, who sing, dance, and act with equal talent – and powerful ensembles alike. Running the gamut from spectacular to stark and restrained, musical theatre can be pure frivolous fun, but has a long history of tackling serious social and political issues. Always prime for reinvention, alongside Broadway’s perennial hits and classics, musical theatre has a new vigor in the twenty first century, as live-action Disney, rap and ‘jukebox’ shows light up new theaters, and attract new audiences. The Show will indeed Go On!
Chicago is an award-winning Broadway classic, dealing with adult themes. Suitable for mature audiences.
Approximate duration (min.): 150
Cast / Production
Roxie Hart- Bianca Marroquín
Velma Kelly- Amra-Faye Wright
Amos Hart- Evan Harrington
Matron 'Mama' Morton- Raena White
Mary Sunshine- R. Lowe
Music- John Kander
Lyrics- Fred Ebb
Book- Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Director- Walter Bobbie
Choreography in the style of Bob Fosse - Ann Reinking
Lighting Designer - Ken Billington
Set Designer- John Lee Beatty
Costume Designer- William Ivey Long
Sound Designer- Scott Lehrer
Orchestrations- Ralph Burns
Musical Director- Rob Fisher
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