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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macro1958
North Charleston, South Carolina
"All that jazz"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 16, 2019 NEW
I have been wanting to see this show and it was so much fun. To see the orchestra on the stage and as part of the show made it even more fun. And the staff was outstanding. Due to my friend not being able to sit in his seat comfortably, the theater manager allowed to switch on one of the boxes. It was a great show.
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Indra110
New York
"Loved it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 11, 2019 NEW
My husband and I saw the musical and really liked it. The singing was really good, we loved the fact that they had a live band on stage, and we we were amazing how they got the whole story done on a relatively small stage and were still able to deliver! The dancers were really good as well. We got our tickets at the red staircase, half off. We sat on the balcony above and had really great "views". The only minus I would give would be for the seats. They were beyond tiny. My knees were hanging over into the seat below. Except for that, great musical!
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Paul P
Myrtle Point, Oregon
"A rather boring production of "Chicago", choose another play."
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed September 10, 2019 NEW
Wish we had chosen another play during our trip to New York City. "Chicago" was a big disappointment! We do not recommend it. The cast seemed like they were just going through the motions during this uninspired and somewhat disjoint production of "Chicago". No flow. No sparkle. Definitely not worthy of Broadway. Felt like we were watching a worn out, overdone performance that was coasting on its prior merits but make no effort to live up to them. A cast paid to perform, but not produce. There are so many better choices. Skip this show.
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elaineBCH
Belfast, United Kingdom
"Wonderful night"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed September 07, 2019 NEW
We got rush tickets and were not disappointed. The show was amazing and highly recommended. Although $60 for 2 large drinks was a bit of a shock!
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SEAB24
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
"Loved this show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed August 17, 2019
I had read some of the reviews so I was a little apprehensive beforehand, however, the show is excellent. Great entertainment from all of the cast. My teenage daughter loved the show. A number of people are complaining about the lack of set/costume changes but in my view this allows the performers to really show off their talents.
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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.