Chicago

Chicago the Musical on Broadway, NYCChicago is a Kander and Ebb musical set in prohibition era Chicago. The music is by John Kander with lyrics by Fred Ebb and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice, and the concept of the “celebrity criminal.” The musical is based on a 1926 play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about actual criminals and crimes she had reported on.

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The original Broadway production opened June 3, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre[1] and ran for a total of 936 performances. Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. Chicago’s 1996 Broadway revival holds the record for the longest-running musical revival on Broadway (not counting the revue Oh! Calcutta!) and is Broadway’s seventh longest-running show in history. As of November 15, 2008, it has played for more than 5,000 performances. The revival was followed by a production on London’s West End and several tours and international productions. An Academy Award-winning film version of the musical was released in 2002.

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