Chicago Becomes Fifth Longest-Running Broadway Show March 25
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 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.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.