Some Enchanted Evenings: The Top Ten Broadway Musical Revivals

By Ben Rimalower
22 Feb 2014

Bebe Neuwirth

Chicago directed by Walter Bobbie, 1996

A clear choice for this list is Chicago, the longest-running Broadway revival in history, and third longest-running production, after The Phantom of the Opera and Cats. Producers Barry and Fran Weissler were wise indeed to move the City Center Encores! concert presentation to Broadway, maintaining its stark, spare, style, with emphasis on the scintillating piece itself, as created by Bob Fosse, John Kander and Fred Ebb. They've also kept a steady stream of bold-faced names going into the show and generating box office for years and years — although it's unlikely many Roxies and Velmas to come will equal the original revival stars Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth.