When it plays performance number 3,389, Chicago will edge out the original run of Grease for the number-ten spot. Cats, which played 7,485 performances, holds the number one position, followed by The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, A Chorus Line, Oh! Calcutta!, Beauty and the Beast, Miss Saigon, Rent and 42nd Street. It should be noted that Phantom, Beauty and the Beast and Rent are all still playing Broadway.
Chicago began its life as one of the three annual Encores! productions presented by City Center. Presented by Barry and Fran Weissler, the musical then moved to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre in Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 1997. The production transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb. 11, 1997, playing through Jan. 26, 2003. The long-running show then reopened at its current home, the Ambassador Theatre, on Jan. 29, 2003.
Chicago — featuring a score by John Kander and the late Fred Ebb — currently stars Tracy Shayne (filling in for the vacationing Charlotte d'Amboise) as Roxie Hart, Tom Wopat as Billy Flynn, Terra C. MacLeod as Velma Kelly, Anne L. Nathan as Matron Mama Morton, P.J. Benjamin as Amos Hart and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
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.