HELLO BROADWAY FANS! You are AGAIN waking up with New York Broadway Tour’s Top 30 Tony Awards countdown playing you some of the best performances on the Tony telecasts in the past. We are only 16 days away from Broadway’s Biggest Night of the year
At #16 on our countdown is one of Broadway’s most popular crime shows. As the opening line of this show says, this is a story of MURDER, GREED, CORRUPTION, VIOLENCE, EXPLOITATION, ADULTERY, & TREACHERY. We of course are talking about Kander & Ebb‘s dark murder classic?Chicago The Musical. It was also co-written and features the iconic choreography of Bob Fosse.
CHICAGO first premiered on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers Theatre) in 1975 starring Tony winners Chita Rivera,Gwen Verdon, and the late Jerry Orbach running for 936 performances. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards that same year including Best Musical but lost all of it’s categories. The current (and 1st) revival of the show started out in 1996 as a concert production for the New York City Center?Encores series (starring Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, James Naughton, and the legendary Joel Grey). Because the production got critical success, producers Barry Weissler and Fran Weissler brought the production and transferred it to Broadway. It first started out at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (where the original production previously was) before transferring twice to the Shubert Theatre (a few months after it opened) and then to it’s “still up & running” home at the Ambassador Theatre (in 2003). The revival was nominated for 8 Tony Awards in 1997 winning 6 including Best Revival Of A Musical. In 2014, it surpassed the original production of Cats the Musical (which played 7,485 performance) and currently holds the distinction as the 2nd Longest Running Show in Broadway History. The revival is well known for having a huge lineup of celebrities having their attempts on doing Broadway and Musical Theatre. It continues to play to packed houses (On Broadway and Around The World) every night. So far on Broadway, it has played over 8,100 performances. This year, the revival will be celebrating it’s spectacular 20th Anniversary.
Isn’t this show such a RAZZLE DAZZLE smash?!