Shubert Organization Chairman and CEO Robert E. Wankel will present Chicago producers Barry and Fran Weissler with a plaque outside the Ambassador at 5:30 PM to commemorate the show’s legacy. Ticket holders for the November 14 anniversary performance also have the chance to win an astrology necklace from fashion jewelry brand Electric Picks.
The long-running musical is also offering a special ticket offer for performances through November 19. Those who purchase one full-priced ticket can get a second ticket for $27 at TelechargeOffers.com. Ticket
holders can also purchase a special anniversary cocktail at the Ambassador
called “27 to Life,” a bourbon mule with a splash of pineapple. (A special Chicago cocktail is also available at the following restaurants: Azalea Ristorante, Emmy Squared Hell's Kitchen, Lady Blue, Haswell Green’s, and The Dickens.)
grossed over $760 million on Broadway since it opened in 1996, and over $1.7 billion worldwide.
The current Broadway cast features Charlotte d'Amboise as Roxie Hart, Kimberly Marable as Velma Kelly, Max von Essen as Billy Flynn, Lili Thomas as Matron “Mama” Morton, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.
The ensemble includes David Bushman, Max Clayton, Christine Cornish, Jennnifer Dunne, Jessica Ernest, Jeff Gorti, Arian Keddell, Mary Claire King, Marty Lawson, Joseph London, Barrett Martin, Sharon Moore, Drew Nellessen, Denny Paschall, Khori Michele Petinaud, Angel Reda, Jermaine R. Rembert, and Michael Scirrotto.
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.
Since its debut in 1996, Chicago has been seen by more than 34 million people and played over 33,500 performances worldwide in 38 countries and in more than 525 cities. It is now the
second-longest running show in Broadway history (after the recently closed The Phantom of the Opera).
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 Duncan Stewart of ARC Casting.
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.