Chicago Celebrates Ninth Anniversary Nov. 14

News   Chicago Celebrates Ninth Anniversary Nov. 14 The Tony-winning revival of Chicago — currently playing the Ambassador Theatre — celebrates its ninth anniversary on Broadway Nov. 14.

Since it debuted in 1996, the New York company has grossed $300 million; worldwide productions of the Kander and Ebb musical have brought in a whopping $850 million. More than 17 million people around the world have seen the production.

The Chicago revival has already played over three times as many performances as the original production. The original mounting — starring Chita Rivera and Gwen Verdon — played 936 performances and 24 previews, from May 12, 1975-Aug. 27, 1977. The revival began its life as part of the acclaimed City Center Encores! series. The production — featuring an on stage orchestra — began previews at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre Nov. 14, 1996; the revival transferred to the Shubert Theatre in Feb. 1997 and then moved to the Ambassador Theatre in Jan. 2003.

Among the many actors who have graced the Broadway production are Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, James Naughton, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis, Jasmine Guy, Charlotte d'Amboise, Sharon Lawrence, Marilu Henner, Sandy Duncan, Michael C. Hall, Wayne Brady, Melanie Griffith, Paige Davis, Jennifer Holliday, Robert Urich, Alan Thicke, Angie Stone, Louis Gossett Jr., Taye Diggs, Vicki Lewis, Nana Visitor, Brent Barrett, Tom Wopat, Brooke Shields and Kevin Richardson.

Chicago currently features Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Luba Mason as Velma Kelly, P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart, Debra Monk as Matron "Mama" Morton, R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine and Huey Lewis as Billy Flynn.

Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 215 West 49th Street.

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