Chicago to Become Broadway's Sixth Longest-Running Production

News   Chicago to Become Broadway's Sixth Longest-Running Production
On Jan. 12, when the Tony-winning revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's Chicago plays its 5,462nd performance, the musical will become the sixth longest-running production in Broadway history.

The Disney musical Beauty and the Beast previously held that position.

In a statement producer Barry Weissler said, "What a joy to mark another amazing milestone in the life of our show. Year after year, we see that audiences continue to have an incredible affinity for Chicago. In fact, our year-end data for 2009 shows a remarkable 11% increase over 2008 in both cumulative box office grosses and cumulative ticket sales — which, in a year of such economic uncertainty, is quite extraordinary."

As of Jan. 12, the ten longest-running Broadway productions will be as follows:
1. The Phantom of the Opera (9,133)
2. Cats (7,485)
3. Les Miserables (6,680)
4. A Chorus Line (6,137)
5. Oh! Calcutta (5,959)
6. Chicago (5,462)
7. Beauty and the Beast (5,461)
8. Rent (5,124)
9. The Lion King (5,078)
10. Miss Saigon (4,097)

The Chicago cast currently features Ashlee Simpson-Wentz as Roxie Hart, Deidre Goodwin as Velma Kelly, Brent Barrett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart and Roz Ryan as Matron "Mama" Morton. (As previously announced, Grammy Award winner Michelle Williams will take over the role of Roxie Hart for a seven-week engagement beginning Feb. 8.)

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. Chicago plays the Ambassador Theatre, located at 219 West 49th Street.

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