There are so many reasons “Chicago” beams as one of Broadway’s best productions to date. Especially for theater newbies, “Chicago” offers a guaranteed amazing experience. From the revival’s perfectly apt cast to some of the most sensual and complex dancing to grace a Broadway stage, it’s the picture-book Broadway musical that even attracts fans for a second watch.
Unlike Broadway shows that start off as hits but fade in popularity, “Chicago” has aged like fine wine. Murder, violence, lust and greed - the show lures audiences over and over, never failing to seduce them. But more than just provocative, “Chicago” showcases sensational singing, dancing and acting. Iconic songs include “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle”. Inspiring an Academy-award winning movie of the same name, “Chicago” is a landmark Broadway musical and an absolute must-watch.
Set in the “Jazz hot” Chicago of the 1920s, the musical tells the story of Velma and Roxie, two rival vaudevillian murderesses who are locked in Cook County Jail. Velma is serving time for the murder of her husband and sister, while Roxie is in it for the murder of her boyfriend, with whom she cheated on her husband.
Velma takes the help of the prison matron, Mama morton, and enlists the services of slick Chicago lawyer Billy Flynn. Billy takes on the case and transforms Velma into a celebrity by brilliantly using the murder hypes to her advantage. But soon enough, he takes on the case of Roxie as well and, before you know it, the two murderesses find themselves in a battle for notoriety.
Chicago is one of Broadway’s longest running musicals, having opened on Nov 14 1996 at the Ambassador Theatre, with 8,779 performances until 31 December 2017.
The play was nominated for 8 Tonys, and won 6 of them, including for Direction of a Musical. It was also nominated for 8 Drama Desk Awards, of which it won 6, including the award for Outstanding Choreography. It also was nominated for 8 Outer Critics Circle Awards, where it won 5, including Best Revival of a Musical.
“Ever inspiring and feeling even more timely now than when it was written, It feels as upbeat, smart and on point today.”
– Huffington Post
“Thrillingly staged! Full of Color and Exuberance.”
– Chicago Tribune
Show Score: 83
About the Show
Know Before You Go
Suitable for audience members of all ages. Children under 4 will not be admitted.
The theater has a seating capacity of 1,088 in total. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Ambassador Theatre Seating Chart Guide.
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.
About Ambassador Theatre
The Ambassador Theatre opened in 1921, intended to primarily host musical comedies and operettas. The theatre was built on a lot that was too small, which resulted in the auditorium being built diagonally. This caused the auditorium to be distinctly hexagonal and the stage to be very wide, resulting in a lack of wing space.
The Ambassador Theatre has 1088 seats. You can find the seating chart here.
Chicago Broadway Tickets
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The Headout advantage when booking Chicago Broadway tickets:
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Have a look at the real-time seat availability and prices of different sections for Chicago. In the interactive seat-map below, select the date that you would like to watch the show and check out the seats available for that day. You can filter the seats as per your desired price range and purchase tickets directly.