After months of speculation, it's now been confirmed. In December, audiences will be treated to "Chicago": The Movie, and one month later, it will be Chicago: The Move, when the long-running hit moves from the Shubert to the Ambassador Theatre on West 49th Street.
This will mark the third move for the Tony-winning revival, which began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations presented by City Center. The musical then moved to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre in Nov. 1996 where it remained through Feb. 1997. The musical transferred to its current home, the Shubert Theatre, on Feb. 11, 1997.
The new Bernadette Peters-Sam Mendes revival of Gypsy will begin previews at the Shubert on March 24, 2003, and open a month later, April 24, 2003.
Now in its sixth year, Chicago will play its final performance at the Shubert Theatre on Sunday evening, Jan 26, 2003. It will reopen at the Ambassador Theatre (215 West 49th Street) with a 2 PM matinee on Jan. 29, 2003.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, Chicago has become an international hit as well. In fact, Barry Weissler just returned from the show's debut performance in Moscow. In a statement the producer said, "We are so very proud of the immense success of the show and the great audience support, both on Broadway and around the world. We look forward to bringing the 'razzle dazzle class' of Chicago to the Ambassador Theatre. We know that the Ambassador will provide a great home for our show for many years to come. Chicago, now playing the Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street), won the Tony 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 current company includes Charlotte d'Amboise, Deidre Goodwin, Taye Diggs, Roz Ryan, P.J. Benjamin and R. Bean.
For ticket information, call (212) 239-6200. Tickets for Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre will be available at the Shubert Theatre box office beginning Oct. 17.