Chicago the Musical in New York, NY

Ambassador Theatre 219 West 49th Street New York, NY 10019
View on Map
Starting at


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."


from Chicago
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.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Have you been to Chicago? Share your knowledge and be the first to review this.
TripAdvisor Reviews
TripAdvisor user image
"Fabulous evening out."
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 22, 2020 NEW
Thoroughly enjoyed this evening. The cast, the music, the performances were outstanding. Every single part of it was enjoyable and faultless.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Cassie R
Auburn, Washington
"Not broadway caliber performance"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed January 19, 2020 NEW
We went to see Chicago a couple weeks ago, not realizing it was opening night for Erika Jane to play Roxie Hart and Paulo Szot to play Billy Flynn. The show was honestly disappointing from beginning to end. As other reviewers explain, the band takes up the whole stage, so there's no set other than a few chairs and a couple ladders that swing out from the side of the stage. Erika's voice seemed weak and not what you expect for a leading actress on Broadway. Maybe the play would be better with a different actress, but I doubt it because the overall production was just...boring. I would recommend a different play if you want to see something on Broadway!
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
"Loved the music and choreography"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 18, 2020 NEW
If you require a lot of scenery and costume changes, this may not be for you. I loved the choreography and really enjoyed it. Middle, front row balcony were great seats BUT cramped leg room if you are tall. If you are familiar with the show and know what to expect, I think you will enjoy it. If you are looking for an over-the-top production musical, this may not be the show for you.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
Cheltenham, Australia
"Don’t waste your money."
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed January 14, 2020 NEW
This show was disappointingly lack-luster. I wish I’d read the other reviews first because the recent ones are accurate. The show is quiet, boring and very unspectacular. We left at intermission. We bought our tickets half price at the TKTS booth but even at $58/ticket it was still a rip off. I think I actually preferred my high school’s production of this show 15 years ago compared to this ‘broadway’ show.
Read More
TripAdvisor user image
North Palm Beach, Florida
"Better than i recommended"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed January 13, 2020 NEW
Had seen this musical in the movies as had my wife and enjoyed it. The latest iteration was different than my remembrance however as the musical progressed we both enjoyed the performance. Both female leads were mature women but the carried off all of the physical requirements of the piece flawlessly.Great performance
Read More

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.