Chicago Turns 21
The Broadway revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's musical plays the Ambassador Theatre.
Chicago celebrated its 21st Broadway anniversary on Tuesday, December 5, at PHD Terrace at the Dream Midtown. Guests included current cast members Todrick Hall, Charlotte d'Amboise, Leigh Zimmerman, as well as Chicago alumnus Paige Davis and more.
Featuring music by John Kander, with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse, Chicago began previews at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre on October 23, 1996, before an official opening on November 14. Chicago currently calls the Ambassador Theatre home.
The production currently stars Tony Award nominee Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Olivier Award winner and original cast member Leigh Zimmerman as Velma Kelly, Todrick Hall as Billy Flynn (through January 14), Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, LaVon Fisher-Wilson as Matron "Mama" Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a 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 crime into a barrage of sensational headlines. Recipient of six 1997 Tony Awards, the revival is directed by Walter Bobbie.