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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"Wish I could get my money back"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed May 23, 2019 NEW
I've seen many Broadway shows over the last few years when traveling to NYC for work, including Phantom of the Opera, Hamilton, Wicked, Waitress and Mean Girls. I've been a fan of the movie Chicago for years and was so excited to finally see it. I wish I could get my money back! This was the most boring, lifeless show I've ever seen. Shows at local theaters in my home town have put on a better production. Boring set with absolutely nothing going on, no costumes whatsoever. There is so much that can be done with this show and I could not believe how awful it was. I almost left at intermission. All the songs I was looking forward to, like Cell Block Tango and Razzle Dazzle, had no energy and left me disappointed. Even the confetti falling during Razzle Dazzle was pathetic, as if someone dropped just a handful of confetti. Even though I know every word of the songs in this show, I struggled to hear them from the performers or feel any sort of life coming from them. The lead playing Velma Kelly definitely needs to be recast; I can't believe they've had her in the role this long. You can feel that she is over it. SAVE YOUR MONEY! I went to see King Kong the next day instead because I couldn't leave NYC with that as my theater experience, and it was beyond amazing. I feel sorry for anyone who wastes time and money on this show.
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"A good show for the average tourist."
TripAdvisor user rating 3 out of 5
Reviewed May 20, 2019 NEW
Chicago is my favourite movie musical, but the Broadway performance of it wasnt as fantastic. This is a good show for tourists and people not heavily involved in the theatre scene, but to me, as a big ole theatre nerd, this show was pretty mediocre. Ive heard that the touring cast is better. Dont get me wrong its not a bad show, but its also not an exceptional one. They need a new Velma Kelly, the current one is a little too old and has been playing the role for 15+ years. I bought cheap tickets in row C in the orchestra at the very right side of the theatre, they werent marked partically obstructed but they basically were. Honestly, go see a touring production and buy tickets for Wicked or Book of Mormon instead.
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Allen, Texas
"Amazing Show! "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
I have always been a fan of musicals and had dreams of seeing Chicago on broadway after seeing the movie that came out in 2002. We were not disappointed with the casts performance and Christie Brinkley did an amazing Roxy. My husband who has never been to a musical even enjoyed the show. The usher staff was friendly and very helpful, and started you off on the right foot. The customer service by all the staff members there was great! The only feedback I have is, be prepared for a wait for the bathroom. There is one bathroom at the theatre with about 5-6 stalls. You can only imagine the line...
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Atlanta, Georgia
"Great Play - with some Real World Inferences"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed May 12, 2019 NEW
We have seen Chicago several times and enjoyed this performance. Great cast, well done play. It was very nice with Christie Brinkley playing the role of Roxy - more of a Marilyn Monroe soft spoken character. The theater is nice - typical Broadway. If you are travelling, we would recommend staying somewhere close to the theater district as getting a Taxi or Uber is a challenge after the play. The subway is an option
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Buffalo, New York
"Sunday matinee"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed May 11, 2019 NEW
We purchased tickets for the matinee during a long weekend visit to the city as we have wanted to see this production for some time. Unlike other shows we've purchased tickets for we did not do any research prior to purchase so did not realize Christie Brinkley was starring until we arrived! Other reviewers are not incorrect in saying she can't sing but we both felt that she carried off most of the dance routines really well and clearly she looks amazing for her age! We thoroughly enjoyed all of the other performers and the music, songs and dancing was fantastic. Not sure that I would necessarily attend another show that Christie is in but did not walk away as disappointed as others.
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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.