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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gillyd382
Shanghai, China
"Great show but seating not the best!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 17, 2017 NEW
I loved the movie and thoroughly enjoyed this show! The staging suited the show- yes it’s simple compared to other productions but it suits the show. Thought the dancing and singing was great! Only downside is the seating- very small spaces between rows! Doesn’t make for comfortable viewing!
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Dunnersfireman64
Dunedin, New Zealand
"Good Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 14, 2017 NEW
It was my first time going to a Broadway show so I did not know what to expect. It was a fun night out with great performances. The Theatre seats had absolutely no leg room what so ever it was one of the most uncomfortable 3 hours of my life.
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PaulyFrequentFlyer
Adelaide, Australia
"Great night in NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 04, 2017 NEW
This has been one of my favourite musicals for many years and as I was in NYC from Australia, I saw this show and it was stellar. Brandy was playing Roxie whenI was there and she was easily the best part. Her and Velma's dance at the end was standout. A great show!
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Holly M
Dunedin, New Zealand
"Great performance"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2017 NEW
As first time broadway goers we really enjoyed this show! Didn't quite know what to expect but the performance went off without a hitch.
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KT1004
"Very Disappointed "
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 26, 2017 NEW
Don’t waste your money. For the first time ever, I felt as though I wasted money and time watching a broadway show.
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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.