The hit May 1996 concert version of Kander and Ebb's 1976 musical spoof of tabloid celebrity, Chicago, will definitely transfer to Broadway for a 20th anniversary revival with cast intact (Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, and Marcia Lewis).
Previews begin Nov. 1 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Opening night will be Nov. 17.
Reinking, who choreographed Chicago (working from the blueprints of Fosse's original moves), will again play the lead role of Roxie Hart.
This Chicago rang up the highest grosses of all three seasons of City Center's "Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert" presentations. Those 36 performances--four performances of three shows every year -- put the season's receipts at more than $1 million -- $2.25 million for the first three seasons -- assuring at the very least Season Number Four.
The success of the concert revival has also spurred interest in the long-promised movie version of Chicago. Liza Minnelli and Goldie Hawn were to star in it at one time (and, who knows, may yet). The project is currently on the Miramax slate of productions. Larry Gelbart, co-author of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Tootsie, just turned in a screenplay rendering that cut mustard with producers Robert Fryer and Marty Richards, and Herbert Ross is said to be set to direct the movie version.