A spokesperson for the musical at the Ambassador Theatre told Playbill On-Line, "The cast of Chicago raised $21,689 in one week with collections after each performance, and every dollar will be matched by Barry and Fran Weissler, the producers." The Weisslers made a similar gesture for their production of Wonderful Town, now starring Brooke Shields at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. As previously reported, the producers agreed to match the amount raised in post-curtain speeches by actress Shields. The first night of the week's drive brought in $6,000.
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.