In 2016, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Tony-winning revival of Chicago, Sony Music released the first-ever vinyl edition of the Grammy-winning 1996 Broadway cast recording starring Tony winners Bebe Neuwirth, Joel Grey, James Naughton, and the late Ann Reinking.
Now celebrating more than 26 years on Broadway, the vinyl recording is being reissued on deep red marble vinyl with a four-panel (folded) insert. The recording, releasing December 9, can be pre-ordered here.
The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 14, 1996, where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre January 29 that year.
The current cast of Chicago features Angelica Ross as Roxie
Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Brandon Victor Dixon as Billy
Flynn, Charity Angél Dawson as Matron “Mama” Morton, Evan Harrington as
Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
The ensemble includes David Bushman, Jennifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest,
Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Joseph London, Barrett
Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Celina Nightengale, Brian O'Brien,
Denny Paschall, Jermaine R. Rembert, Rachel Schur, Michael Scirrotto,
Christine Cornish Smith, and Brian Spitulnik.
Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has played in 36 countries
and been seen by 33 million people worldwide. It is now the
second-longest running show in Broadway history (after The Phantom of the Opera).
READ: How the Chicago Costumes Have Evolved Over 25 Years
With a book by the late Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Ebb, Chicago features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by the late Ann Reinking, set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Ken Billington, sound design by Scott Lehrer, and casting by Stewart/Whitley.
The current production, produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirth and James Naughton, director Bobbie, lighting designer Billington, and Reinking. The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Fosse.