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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steviel0u
Gold Coast, Australia
"Very basic"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
I love musicals but this was very disappointing. If you are expecting a large production, with amazing talent and stage sets/ props (like Wicked or Book of Mormon), I would not recommend going. Unfortunately that’s what I was expecting as the tickets are very expensive so I wasn’t very impressed. It’s very basic.
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Sherri C
"Just ok"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 17, 2018 NEW
My daughter and I were excited to see this classic! We paid 300 bucks and the Sounds was really low...the cast was lackluster at best. Many other shows to see...first Broadway show we have ever left with less energy than when we went in😐
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mus00_v
Bratislava, Slovakia
"Great!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 09, 2018 NEW
Our experience was really nice! We had our seats in A row which is basically 2nd row on the left side so we saw everything were close:) There is also big space for legs and the seats were absolutely okay. I believe that with price comes the comfort since our tickets were 89$ each, but we had no issues with anything around. The show itself was great! Since we expected it to be like the movie we were a little bit disappointed since some parts were weak. However over all it was great and funny performance and I’m glad we’ve seen it. A little bit of disadvantages of the theater were the guys selling the food and drinks. I had a feeling I was at Yankees stadium and not at the theater. But I guess it belongs there. We didn’t buy anything but I heard that for a glass of wine (2 glasses in wine that comes in souvenir Chicago cup) was 27$ which is crazy! Otherwise a big wow to the actress who played Roxie, she was amazing!!
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ExpatMom4
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
"Not impressed"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed June 19, 2018
So this musical is a comedy, in a smallish theater! I was not all that impressed. I kept waiting for it to start getting good.... but it did not. If you have never seen a broadway musical, this should not be your first! Usually you get a WOW feeling after seeing a musical and this one does not deliver! A lot of people left at intermission. It was an ok night out at best! There are many better options in New York that do deliver the WOW factor! The cast was not great either! The lead was played by a lady who was just too old to pull off the character! The snacks available at intermission were not great either... I got warm white wine in a Chicago tumbler ... extremely over priced snacks. You could skip this show for sure ( in my humble opinion)
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MadreBella
Tallahassee
"We walked out- awdul"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed June 18, 2018
Worst thing I have ever seen. Spent $220 to see what amounted to a cheap free Vegas show. This was my daughter’s graduation present- this trip- and this terrible crap show ruined it. We left at intermission and didn’t come back. It’s not actually Chicago- I’m not sure what it’s supposed to be but I’m sick about the money we lost on this.
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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.