Chicago the Musical in New York, NY

Ambassador Theatre 219 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019
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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."


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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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"Best on Broadway"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 07, 2020 NEW
The performance was superb. I loved Erika Jayne in the Roxy role. The whole cast did a wonderful job. The Ambassador is a nice theater.
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Mark P
"Should have saved my money for a nice dinner"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
I can live with the tight seating and the insane lines for the restrooms if the show was even decent. After the orchestra the room left on the stage was barely enough for the cast. Zero set except for one chair and no costume changes at all (the dancers turned into reporters by putting pads/pencils in their hands). Velma Kelly's character just seems strange when played by a 60 year old.....on the bright side she made the 48 year old Erika Jayne playing Roxie look young. The dancing and singing was nothing special. Hands down the worst play I have ever seen
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New York City, New York
"Skip it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed March 01, 2020
If you have time to see only one Broadway show, you might want to skip Chicago. Never seen people leaving in the middle of the show! Theater is old,seats are uncomfortable, show itself not what i expected at all. Dancing is so-so: Loudly announced tap dance lasted 10 seconds, Roxie/Velma dance at the end was a huge facepalm, not synchronized at all. My opinion show needs refreshment including cast change or should be closed. Dinner in Juniors across the street after the show was great, but this is totally different story🤣
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San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Razzle Dazzled in Broadway!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020
This ensemble is worthy of every bit of praise it has received, but if something ever stood out, it was the Chicago orchestra. What a group! What a performance! The music and choreography was nothing short of phenomenal. When compared to other Broadway productions, the scenery and lighting are not as impressive. However, I would add that the show never felt lacking these either - it was just right. On the other hand, the musical quality (orchestra and singers), performance and choreography really set the standard high for the longest running American musical on Broadway. As far as seating goes, the venue is intimate enough for any seat to be a good seat. Sound is pitch perfect and the show is great, from the orchestra level to the balconies. We enjoyed this performance very much, the film doesn’t even compare. Gotta see it!
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San Francisco, California
"The Band Shines..."
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2020
And I wish we had seen more of them in terms of solos and overtures. I have no problem with them being center stage. In terms of the rest of the show, the general reviews here are pretty accurate. The set isn't anything to write home about and neither are the costumes. The dancing and singing is fairly good. My boyfriend loved it, but I've seen enough shows to where I might have higher standards. As a side note - we came to the show on Valentine's Day. Nothing like a musical about murderesses on death row to set the mood for romance!
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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.