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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prseven
"Horrible Show"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 14, 2018 NEW
I took my daughter to see her first Broadway show and what a disappointment. We are from Chicago, so my daughter thought seeing Chicago would be fun! However, instead of cultivating a love of theatre, it left a bad taste for the genre in her. Bianca Marroquin as Roxie and Evan Harrington as Amos were outstanding, but the rest of the cast was lackluster. Amra-Faye Wright looked like she was just going through the motions, maybe her time has come to retire. Don't spend money on this show!
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Maps17895143597
"Decent for a high school play, NOT Broadway!!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
I went to NY for the first time in my life and at the top of my to-do list was a Broadway show...my first Broadway show ever. Since I was obsessed with Chicago and knew the lines to the entire movie and would listen to the soundtrack in my car, there was no debating which show would be the one I would buy tix for. And what a disappointment it was! I will say, Roxie, Amos, Mama, and Mrs. Sunshine were fabulous!!! But Velma was soooo bad!! Her poor performance was a distraction from the rest of the show. It seemed she was lip synching! Her movements were as if she was practicing at home in her pjs after a few glasses of wine...there was no life to them and they were half hearted moves. Her line delivery was annoying...very nasaly and difficult to understand. She definitely stood out like a sore thumb and poor Roxie was carrying her through each scene. I went on Oct 21, 2018. I was sooooo excited that Cuba Gooding Jr was the feature, but boy oh boy...it was pretty bad. His singing was atrocious and his dance moves were just as bad. His performance seemed like he was picked from the crowd before opening with no notice. I was so dissapointed that this experience marked my first Broadway show. I ended up buying tix for another show, Wicked, that same day. That was worth EVERY cent!! I wouldn't spend the money nor time for Chicago...as a matter of fact, it was bad enough that I should be reimbursed. It was something I would expect from a high school play. Beware of this flop and stick to the DVD!
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831amberh
Charlotte
"See anything else "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 12, 2018 NEW
I’ve seen countless productions and this was by far the worst with exception to the show Vegas in Vegas. Velma’s diction was terrible. I knew the words because I’ve seen the movie so many times but I had trouble understanding a lot of what she said. Her dancing was poor. Roxie was just eh, you could have pointed to any person on the crowd and gotten a 50/50 chance the person could act and sing better. Mama was by far the best character. Singing and dancing was on point. Amos was a strong second best character. The worst by a mile was Cuba Gooding Jr. I can’t adequately describe how bad it was. Remember how when you thought Richard Gere was the only poorly cast member in the movie (not because of the acting but because he couldn’t sing if his life depended on it)? Well it got worse. The acting was nonexistent, he screamed or shouted and if you can believe it his singing is worse than Richard Gere. It sounded like a 14 years old boy was up there and his voice started changing. Skip it. See anything else. I saw a pre-record of The Other Josh Cohen the same day on Sat and it was amazing. I think they said it opens officially today. The singing, dancing, and storyline drew you in. Relatable story at the Westside theater. I highly recommend if you want to laugh and listen to a cast that can sing well.
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Linda W
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
"Chicago the musical"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2018 NEW
Chicago the musical was a big disappointment. Cuba couldn't sing. Roxie was ok, Velma was over the top. Best parts were Amos, Mamma and Mary Sunshine. Boring set, no set changes, no costume changes. Chorus was slow and lacking...older cast. Not much better than a High performance. I wanted a refund,
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nytennislover17
"Not the best on Broadway, but still good."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed November 06, 2018 NEW
Chicago doesn't live up to its reputation, yet it's still good. I loved the music and dancing. Especially the current woman playing Roxie, Bianca Marroquín is SPECTACULAR! The plot is good. The only bad part of the musical is that it isn't exactly fun or funny. There isn't any fun up-beat like songs, or sparkly costumes. It's good, yet traditional.
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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.