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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Undomestic-godess
Staffordshire
"Desperately in need of a cast change."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed July 19, 2019 NEW
Myself and my husband visited 8th July as seeing a Broadway show was on our NY bucket list. At the eye watering price of $163.75 each, we were expecting a great evening of entertainment. If we could have justified leaving at the intermission after paying so much money, we probably would have. The two leads, Velma & Roxy completely ruined the show for us. I think there desperately needs to be a new casting for these leads. If you’ve been performing in the same show for 22 years in the same role, I think it’s time to move on and let someone younger shine their light. Neither actress were believable and it made for awkward viewing. Mama, Amos, Billy and Mona were all exceptional. But a basic set and basic performance from the two leads all for an exorbitant cost means that if you’re looking to take in a Broadway show, personally, I’d advise spending your money elsewhere.
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TeachersPet14
Perth, Australia
"Entertaining show"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
Pretty good show, cosy theatre. Bought the cheapest seats but had a great view. However, bought a wine and a water which cost a whopping $33USD!,,
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GaryC_0913
Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Small theater, small production but packs a punch"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed July 16, 2019 NEW
This all felt very compact but don't let that take away from the performances which really made it great. The theatre did seem small but was nice enough, the stage was small with the band playing on it also. I wondered how they were going to work it, and the answer is...very well. The actors worked with what they had and made the best of the space on offer. The singing from the cast was really good (having seeing people saying the oposite is a surprise). I recommended this to family while in NY, the only down side is the cost of alcohol - but that is to be expected.
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midlifemike01
Chichester, United Kingdom
"Some great singers and some...."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed July 14, 2019 NEW
It was on our list to see this whilst in NY. We bought some premium tickets close to the stage so we could see it in it’s full glory. The show itself was OK, some cast members seemed to be just going through the motions, some were very enthusiastic. The leading man playing the defence lawyer was very very good. The lady playing Velma was awesome, a great voice and made the show for us. Unfortunately for us the lady playing the leading role of Roxie was a Japanese actress, whilst she can move and act well, her inability to pronounce words clearly made for difficult listening and spoiled the show a little. So the show itself was OK
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Anna L
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
"Don’t bother - see something else"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed July 08, 2019 NEW
This show was a major letdown, especially for the exorbitant cost. The cast seemed tired and uninterested, with most of the dancers and actors completely on autopilot - complete with blank, passionless stares. The performer playing Roxie (Ryoko Yonekura) was awful. She couldn’t sing well, was out of sync in her dancing and struggled to pronounce many of the lines. I found myself dreading her solo numbers. A few cast members performed well, despite an overall subterranean level of energy and excitement. Mama Morton had a spectacular voice (we were heartbroken she was only on stage for about 5 minutes) and Velma Kelly was clearly a consummate (though tired) professional. Basically, just see something else. This show is in its death rattle. Also, 5 toilets for more than 300 women is madness.
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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.