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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indianlil
London, United Kingdom
"This is a real ‘must see’ in London!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 21, 2018 NEW
I loved the film which was superb and felt this could never be as good. Happily, I was wrong as it is really fun! Sarah Soetaert was superb as Roxie Hart and stole the show and brought humour into the second half.
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GJCrawford
Middleville, Michigan
"Not one of our favorites"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 15, 2018 NEW
I realize that theater is subjective and lots of people love this show, but for us it just didn't measure up. There is no scenery and not many costume changes. We felt the music was boring and the dialogue hard to hear. We tried our hardest to like this show, but wound up leaving during the intermission.
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Wanda C
Brooklyn, New York
"So much fun!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2018 NEW
This show was so much fun to watch. It had a good story with lots of laughs. Not appropriate for children .
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Judy N
"Mother/Daughter Day in NYC"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2018 NEW
Surprised my 30 year old daughter to see her 1st Broadway Show, one she’s been dying to see since the movie was her favorite.. She was so excited she had tears .. I have to say we both loved every minute of it!! Great show, great performances by all, a must see!!!
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WanderingLondon
London
"Now that I've seen it, I don't have to see it again"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed April 29, 2018 NEW
This production of Chicago was a staple for years in London (and is back for a run), but a chance to see the show for the first time while I was in NYC was too good to pass up. However, it's a spare zero-set production whose main advantage is that the band can be heard really well from its featured position on the stage. There's precious little plot or character, and a limit to the choreography that can be arranged in the relatively narrow strip left downstage of the "bandstand". (Was this all that Bob Fosse could do? I have my doubts.) The cast did a decent job of what material they had, but only one number evoked any emotional response: Amos Hart's Mr Cellophane. At the end, I found myself agreeing with a well-known London theatre website's synopsis - "Two women are jailed for murder. They sing and dance about the case for two hours." And now that my curiosity is satisfied, I don't have to see the show again.
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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.