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

from Chicago
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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alisonhendrix
Swansea, United Kingdom
"Great show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyed this show - although the dancing and some of the performances weren't particularly dynamic (you get the sense that the performers have been doing this show for a very long time).
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king97s88
Leeds, United Kingdom
"Brilliant Performance"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
We attended an evening show on a Tuesday in early December. The performance itself was great, the signing and dancing had us thoroughly entertained. It is obvious that the performers are seasoned professionals in the show. We had purchased our tickets several months in advance as we were sure this was the show we wanted to see. We probably paid over the odds for our tickets as the theatre wasn't full so could probably have benefited from buying them whilst on our trip. We purchased on the say tickets from the TKTS booth in Times Square for a fraction of the price. The prices for food and drinks when inside is extortionate so beware. However, this seems to be the norm in most theatres...
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family_in_Sutton
West Midlands
"Small theatre, nothing special great if you like queuing"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2019 NEW
I only upped the rating to average as wife and daughter enjoyed the experience. The queuing to get in is a joke; they move you from one queue to another then check bags and move you again.... In side small and nothing at all special. Seats seemed pretty unconformable, but could be because I am six foot. The drinks were the most horrendous price and there is insufficient toilets to the extent that the queues for the gents were still there when the interval finished not just the ladies! Show was quite polished but nothing special - for the price over £100 each not good value
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jennymaddox99
Prattville, Alabama
"Fun Experience"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed January 11, 2019 NEW
This was our first Broadway musical. It wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but it was a fun experience. There was some humor, the dancing was fun to watch, and it was really great to see Cuba Gooding Jr. act in person. One of my favorite parts was the orchestra. They were great!
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TheMulberryInn
Glyn Ceiriog, United Kingdom
"Really poor"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 09, 2019 NEW
We queued for ages in Times Square to get tickets and were really looking forward to it; the show was simply lacklustre and we were bored; we really enjoy theatre in the UK and expected the same standard on Broadway but boy were we disappointed
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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.