Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre

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chicagoAn elegant, minimally staged revival of Kander and Ebb’s gritty, satirical musical – lust, treachery, and murder among chorus girls and backstage types in old Chicago.
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

Bob Fosse, the legendary choreographer who created the original (1976) production of “Chicago,” got most of his early training in burlesque halls. In that tradition, the musical is a writhing, gyrating homage to the libido that can still raise an eyebrow or two.

This production was conceived and directed by Walter Bobbie as a staged concert and then morphed into a Broadway revival (note – there’s not much scenery). It features Fosse’s original choreography as restaged by Ann Reinking, and an excellent score including the classic “All That Jazz.”

The original Broadway production of “Chicago” was a modest hit and ran for 2 years. Now, more than 15 years into its second Broadway run, “Chicago” is a bona fide international sensation, and has wowed audiences around the world. In addition, the 2002 film (which was clearly spawned by this successful stage revival) won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.