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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kha1184
Leeds
"Tired Am Dram At Best"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed September 18, 2018 NEW
Now forgive us before anyone starts, we can’t sing and we can’t act but we can see this doesn’t belong on Broadway and definitely doesn’t warrant the ticket prices we paid. Lovely old theatre but far too small for a ‘Broadway Show’. Curtain up was 8pm and we were only let in to our seats at 19:55 after queuing outside for 25 minutes. I went to the bathroom and came back to the show already starting. Major disorganisation in the auditorium with people being allowed in late, numerous seat swapping by the the front of house staff, throughout the show. We had the the delight of having 4 loud drunk people in front of us and 2 people people to the side of us having an all important ‘catch up’ but when it got to the interval never uttered a word to each other...! Complained to front of house by this time and we were moved in the intermission but still, a complete unprofessional set up. We have seen a lot of shows in the west end and this behaviour would not be tolerated. The show itself was lack lustre at best. Costumes looked grubby and tired, no set changes just a few old dining chairs dotted around. Only decent thing was ‘Mr Cellophane’ man - he was fab. Sadly, if you want ‘Broadway’ (and as Brits on an NYC trip, we did) then head to any of the other big shows and get your money’s worth.
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duag27
Hong Kong, China
"Razzle Dazzle "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2018 NEW
One of the most iconic and well awarded and longest running musicals in the history of Broadway. Has seen many avatars since 1975 The casts may have changed but the spirit is intact and is quite Entertaining I enjoyed it thoroughly , My first broadway experience but cannot understand why the theatre has to Be so cramped ?
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Ccari01
New Jersey
"Superb performance "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed September 09, 2018 NEW
My husband and I enjoyed the superb performance. The actors, the music, the choreography, the orchestra were all excellent. Velma, Roxie,Billy Flynn, Amos , Mama,Mary Sunshine and the whole cast all gloriously came to life onstage. Definitely a lot of laughs!My favorite was Amos’s rendition of Mr. Cellophane.I wanted to hug him .I most definitely have to commend the clever set on what my husband called “smaller than a high school stage”. It was actually a clever stage design. It was my first time at the Ambassador.It was comparably small, but charming and beautiful.When I go to a concert, I expect modern high technology. When I go to Broadway, I expect classic. And The Ambassador is a classic.
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Paul J
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
"A decent show"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed August 26, 2018 NEW
Do not go to this if you want a modern theatre with lots of special effects and interesting sets. Do go if you want catchy songs you know and love with some genuinely talented people on stage. The set is really minimalist but the lady playing Roxie was brilliant and the backdrop didn’t really matter.
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JKBeavers
Attalla, Alabama
"A Must See!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 20, 2018 NEW
This musical was great! Even if you've never seen the movie you must see the Broadway production. I wouldn't recommend for children. The actors and actresses were absolutely wonderful! The Ambassador was a very small theater so any seat should be fine. I recommended this to anyone searching for a Broadway. It's got a lot of signing and acting with a good mixture. Very short intermission also. Prices are a little steep. We got ours from TKTS but all they had were lower orchestra which were the same price as regular upper level. Again, this is a must see!!!
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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.