Tony-Winning Revival of Chicago to Offer Free Performance for Facebook Fans

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Barry and Fran Weissler, producers of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago, announced Nov. 15 that the Jan. 30, 2011, performance of the Kander and Ebb musical at the Ambassador Theatre will mark the first time that a Broadway show fills its house entirely with Facebook fans, who will all attend the show free of charge.

Charlotte d'Amboise in Chicago
Charlotte d'Amboise in Chicago Photo by Jeremy Daniel

In a statement Barry Weissler said, "We see that online social networking plays an extremely vital role in building audiences – on Broadway, on the road and throughout the world. Yesterday, we celebrated our 14th Anniversary on Broadway, and today I’m pleased to announce that our newest endeavor, Facebook Fan Day, is our own unique way of saying a very special ‘thank you’ to those wonderful online fans that have continued to champion our show with such incredible passion and enthusiasm over the years. Chicago wouldn’t be what is today without our fans, and I look forward to seeing the entire performance filled to the rafters with Facebook fans on January 30!”

The Facebook Fan Day promotion launches virally Nov. 15. To participate, any Chicago Facebook fan who signs-up and recruits ten of his or her friends to “Like” Chicago The Musical on the popular social networking site will receive a free ticket.

The promotion will end once every seat for the Jan. 30 matinee performance has been filled; the complimentary tickets will be mailed in January.

Seating for Facebook Fan Day will be general admission: Sections will be assigned chronologically – the first people to recruit ten friends to “Like” Chicago will be seated in the orchestra. Once the orchestra is full, remaining fans will be seated in the mezzanine, until the house is full.

The company currently boasts Tony nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton. 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 Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre on Feb. 11, 1997, and played that house through Jan. 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, on Jan. 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 West 49th Street.

To participate and for more information, visit www.facebook.com/chicagothemusical.

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