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Chicago is not the second longest-running nor fourth highest-grossing Broadway show of all time for nothing! This sizzling musical full of scandalous fun explores the concept of criminals-as-celebrities in the Roaring ’20s of jazz time Chicago.

It’s the story of Roxie Hart, a wannabe starlet who ends up in jail after murdering her boyfriend when he didn’t fulfill his promise to make her famous. In her cell block at Cook County Jail, she meets Vilma Kelly, a famous performer who, like all the women here, was arrested Read More ...

  1. Roxie takes clues from Vilma’s lawyer, Billy Flynn, and soon Roxie and Billy have caught the media up in Roxie’s case – will the attention and salacious intrigue of the public be enough to sway Roxie’s chances in court? Can becoming a celebrity for the murder of passion be just what Roxie needs to get her big break?

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    History of the Show

    The story of Chicago started in 1924 with reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins, who was assigned to cover the high-profile cases of Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner – two woman who were accused of killing men in crimes that involved passion, bottles of gin, and foxtrot records. The public ate up news columns on the women (both of whom were acquitted) which reflected a changing view of women in the midst of the Roaring ’20s and highlighted their celebrity attributes such as their beauty and sympatheticness.

    After the overwhelming popularity of her reporting, Maurine Dallas Watkins wrote a play based on her experiences which she titled Chicago and was an immediate hit which ran for 172 performances on Broadway in 1926. Within a few years, it had been turned into a silent film, and several years after that, another film by the name of Roxie Hart, starring Ginger Rogers. Watkins later came to regret her work, which she felt allowed two guilty women go free, so it wasn’t until after her death that her estate sold the rights to recreate the musical to Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb who turned it into a musical that ran from 1975-1977 on Broadway. Years later, in 1996, after some revisions, the show was revived on Broadway and has been running ever since to great critical acclaim.

    British and American performances have often included pop celebrities in their casts such as Jerry Springer, David Hasselhoff, and Ashlee Simpson.

    Critical Acclaim

    Sweeping up six Tony and six Drama Desk Awards in 1997, Chicago continues to prove its popularity even until today. Time Magazine raves, “Chicago is a triumph! It doesn’t just give us the old razzle-dazzle; it glows.”

    Fans also love the show, as is evidenced by the $642 million it has brought in since 1996.

    The Chicago Experience

    Built in 1921, the Adam-style Ambassador Theatre is the home of the Chicago performance ever since 2003. Notoriously a little cramped and with limited visibility on far sides of the room, those wishing for some leg room combined with the best views should consider orchestra seats (especially aisles).

    However, with the grandiose choreography and epic tunes, you are guaranteed to be transported to the desperate, scintillating world of a jail full of beautiful, leggy jazz-age criminals with voices that will bring you to tears no matter where you sit. Come find out for yourself why Chicago the musical is a household term.


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