Cuba Gooding Jr. and Chicago Company Celebrate Show's 22nd Anniversary
Chicago is the second longest-running show in Broadway history.
Broadway's Chicago, the second longest-running show in Broadway history, celebrates its 22nd anniversary on Broadway tonight, and the company gathered at the Ambassador Theatre yesterday to commemorate the occasion.
Directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie and choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking, Chicago features a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb.
Set amid 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.
The current Broadway cast features Bianca Marroquín as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Billy Flynn, Evan Harrington as Amos Hart, Raena White as Matron "Mama" Morton, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.