SummerStage, the Central Park performing arts festival, offers an evening paying tribute to the long-running, Tony-winning Broadway revival of Chicago — which celebrates its 20th year on Broadway November 14 — August 31.
The evening, which is entitled Chicago The Musical Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway, features Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Lana Gordon as Velma Kelly, Jason Danieley as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Roz Ryan as Mama Morton, R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine, David Bushman, Kelcy Griffin, Donald Jones, Jr., James Lane, Melissa Rae Mahon, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Brian O’Brien, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jason Patrick Sands, Solange Sandy, Michael Scirrotto, Brian Spitulnik, Tonya Wathen and Chryssie Whitehead, as well as surprise guests, including a performance from Chicago’s original Billy Flynn, Tony Award winner James Naughton.
The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre February 11, 1997, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, January 29, 2003.
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. The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.
The August 31 event at the Rumsey Playfield is free of charge. Click here for additional details.
(Updated August 31, 2016)