On Thursday, December 20, 2012, Broadway’s globally acclaimed revival of the Tony Award-winning musical Chicago will celebrate another momentous milestone and record-breaker when it plays its 6,681st performance at the Ambassador Theatre. Chicago will surpass the original Broadway production of Les Miserables with their 8 PM performance to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history.
“Throughout the past 17 years, this production has exceeded my wildest expectations time and time again,” said longtime producer Barry Weissler. “Six Tony Awards, a Grammy Award-winning cast album, a six-time Academy Award-winning film adaptation, celebrated productions in 24 countries and 12 different languages across the globe — and now this Thursday we’re breaking Les Miserables’ incredible record to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history.
“This is truly a remarkable day, and on behalf of the entire CHICAGO company, I want to thank the legions of fans and beloved audience members worldwide who have helped our show achieve this incredible milestone in Broadway history.”
As of this Thursday, December 20, the top roster of Broadway’s all-time longest-running shows will be as follows:
1. “The Phantom of the Opera” — 10,356 performances
2. “Cats” — 7,485 performances
3. “Chicago” — 6,681 performances
4. “Les Miserables” — 6,680 performances
Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history — and it still shows no sign of ever slowing down! Chicago won six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording. Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, the Broadway revival features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by Tony Award winner William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer.
Chicago Performance Schedule
Chicago is currently playing at the Ambassador Theatre (219 W. 49th St. between Broadway and 8th). Weekly performance schedule: Mondays at 8:00 p.m., Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Thursdays at 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
A true New York City institution, Chicago has everything: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; countless show-stopping-songs from Kander and Ebb's legendary score; and the most astonishing dancing thanks to Bob Fosse's iconic choreography.