Today marks the 24th Anniversary a legendary musical that gave the audience a RAZZLE DAZZLE experience like never before…. the long running revival of Kander & Ebb's Vaudeville killing smash hit Chicago.
Walter Bobbie and Ann Reinking's updated production (that originally debuted at New York City Center part of its ENCORES series in the Spring of 1996) has been seen in our Broadway backyard, in London's West End. on Tour across America, and International productions everywhere by an estimated over 33 million people worldwide. It's grossed over $1.7 billion and has played over 32,500 performances everywhere.
The Broadway production of this revival alone before COVID hit has played a complete total of 25 previews and so far 9,692 regular performances (that consists of it playing the Richard Rodgers Theatre (1996-early 1997), the Shubert Theatre (1997-2003), and its current longtime home at the Ambassador Theatre. With the musical's original 1975 production's 936 performances at the 46th Street Theatre (which later became the Richard Rodgers Theatre) and the revival combined, CHICAGO has played a full complete total of 10,653 performances in New York City!!!!!
This revival also holds the record of being both THE 2ND LONGEST RUNNING SHOW IN BROADWAY HISTORY & THE 1ST LONGEST RUNNING AMERICAN MUSICAL IN BROADWAY HISTORY!!!
It won 6 Tony Awards in 1997 including BEST REVIVAL OF A MUSICAL. Its cast recording also took home a Grammy Award for BEST MUSICAL THEATRE ALBUM that same year.
This legendary show is expecting to HAVE IT COMING when Live Theater returns in 2021. Yup, the revival's Broadway and ongoing productions around the world will be back!!!
At the time of the Broadway company's return, this revival will reach another upcoming milestone playing its 10,000th performance.
In addition, everyone will finally expect to see the long awaited debut of Emma Pittman star as "Roxie Hart", a role she won through Broadway.com SEARCH FOR ROXIE casting contest beating over thousands of hopefuls in virtual casting call led by Ann Reinking (who also originated "Roxie" in this revival), Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth (who originated the role of "Velma Kelly" in this production before later playing "Roxie" and "Matron Mama Morton", and Stewart/Whitley Casting.
HAPPY 24TH ANNIVERSARY TO THIS BELOVED RAZZLE DAZZLE SHOW……. AND ALL THAT JAZZ!!! So excited for you to return.
Who has seen this iconic revival of CHICAGO?!!!!