Chicago the Musical in New York, NY

Ambassador Theatre 219 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019
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Overview

The longest-running American musical on Broadway, and winner of multiple prestigious awards, “Chicago” is a 1920s-inspired show that features themes of greed, murder, manipulation, and fame. The legendary musical showcases two rival prison inmates whose money-hungry lawyer turns their incarcerations into a circus of sorts, complete with big jazz numbers, catchy songs, and a scandalously fun plot.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our New York Travel Experts
  • Show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (1 intermission).
  • Appropriate for ages 13 years and up.
  • In-house bar and concession stands.
  • Absolutely no recording devices are allowed in the theatre, including still cameras.
  • Orchestra is interactive part of stage.
  • Story is a satire on corruption and the celebrity criminal.
  • Featured songs include "All That Jazz," "Cell Block Tango" and "Razzle Dazzle."

Description

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The Longest-Running American Musical in Broadway History and Winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. A true New York City institution, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the most astonishing dancing you've ever seen.

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.

No wonder Chicago has been honored with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards®, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations. It's also no surprise that Chicago has wowed audiences all around the world, from Mexico City to Moscow, from São Paulo to South Africa. Whether you're looking for your first Broadway musical, whether you've seen the Academy Award®-winning film and want to experience the show live on stage or whether you've seen it before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago always delivers.

This show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes (1 intermission). Appropriate for ages 13 years and up.

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Amy W
"Don't waste your money!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2017 NEW
Roxie Hart was entertaining but that's it. The rest of the show was awful. Their stage setup is really bad. I don't like seeing the performers sitting in chairs along the side of the stage when they're doing nothing. And there were no costume changes! One character would die or disappear and suddenly have a part as someone else in the same outfit, major buzz kill. And to hear the orchestra tuning during intermission was sooooooo informal and it's like the performers didn't care how this show went since it was the matinee. This show was a waste of my money.
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miawallis1
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
"Amateur "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed October 16, 2017 NEW
Oh dear!! What have we just seen? Having been to see most of the Great shows in London I can honestly at that was a joke. I have seen better shows from small Amateur production companies. No staging, cast just sitting on the side of the stage not in the wings when not performing, poor load singing for the sake of singing load. I can’t speak for other shows like Phantom or Lion king but won’t be booking a Broadway show anytime soon.
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Les S
Taunton, United Kingdom
"First EVER musical! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 13, 2017 NEW
Although my wife has been to many a musical in the UK, this was the first for me. Being a good husband, the wife wanted to see Chicago as she had seen this in Bristol some years back. Although I have nothing to compare it with she was more than happy with the production. She felt the cast interacted more with the crowd. I was expecting to be bored but that wasn’t the case. The story line was easy to follow (I will admit, never seen the film either!) I had a brief synopsis prior to starting but still very easy to follow. The singing, acting and stage play were amazing and worth the watch. Now back in the UK, this has given me the bug to watch a few more!
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SisPerth
Ballarat, Australia
"Five star performance in a two star venue!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2017 NEW
Grabbing half price tickets at the TKTS booth for the same evening's performance, we were seated in the orchestra section, nine rows back from the stage but quite a long way to the right. Whilst the position wasn't ideal and the view wasn't perfect, we really didn't miss much and by the end of the evening, I was content that we'd got value for money and plenty of enjoyment from the show. The cast are all outstanding performers, with amazing voices and the performance was bright and fabulous. The Ambassador Theatre is decidedly tired but apart from slightly squashy leg room, once the lights went down, that didn't really matter. Heeding other reviews of this theatre, I took advance action to avoid suffering the long lines at the under-catered ladies restroom!! The only refreshment we bought was a bottle of water, which was outrageously expensive. In summary: the theatre was a 2 star experience but the show was five stars all the way - don't miss it!
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TexasCynic
Plano, Texas
"Good, but not Great"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed October 11, 2017 NEW
Talented singers and dancers in a musical that's getting a little tired. Better musicals out there, but would be a good filler if discounted ticket. Made us want to go home and watch "All That Jazz", the movie again though.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Chicago

Where is the theater located?
Chicago is performed at the Ambassador Theatre located at 219 West 49th Street, New York, NY 10019.

How long is the show?

The show is approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes long with a 20-minute intermission.

Is the Ambassador Theatre wheelchair accessible?
Yes. Wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra section only.

Can I bring my camera to the theater?

Absolutely no photography or video is allowed into the theater.

When should I arrive for my show?
The theater doors open approximately 45 minutes before the show. It is recommended that audiences arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the show beginning to find their seats, browse the available show merchandise, and settle in before showtime.

Is this show appropriate for children?
Yes. The show is recommended for children ages 13 and up due to the mature material performed throughout the show.

Are concessions available for purchase within the theater?
Yes. Soft drinks, water, cocktails, candy, and show merchandise (no food) are available for purchase at the Ambassador Theatre. No outside food or drink is allowed into the theater.