Chicago Becomes Fifth Longest-Running Broadway Show March 25

By Andrew Gans
25 Mar 2011

On March 25 the revival of John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse's Tony Award-winning musical Chicago becomes the fifth-longest running production in Broadway history, surpassing Oh! Calcutta with a total of 5,960 performances.



Broadway's top-five longest-running productions of all time follow:

1. The Phantom of the Opera (9,633)
2. Cats (7,485)
3. Les Miserables (6,680)
4. A Chorus Line (6,137)
5. Chicago (5,960)

The Broadway production now stars Bianca Marroquin as Roxie Hart, original revival cast member Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Jeff McCarthy 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 November 1996 where it remained through February 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. Visit www.ChicagoTheMusical.com for more information.