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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kimrhi
Glasgow, United Kingdom
"Had a great time - first ever show"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
Really enjoyed this show, the cast were slightly older but it was such a good show and they did great with it
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kelly s
"Horrible show and horrible staff"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 19, 2019 NEW
This was by far the worst broadway show we have ever seen. So boring. I almost feel asleep twice. The cast did a wonderful job but such a boring stage and story. Then we had an incident when my daughter and her friends went to the restroom during intermission The head usher told them they were in the wrong line. The line was for handicap patrons only. My daughter’s friend had a broken leg so they told my daughter her friend could stay in the line but my daughter would have to use the other restroom. My daughter tried to politely explain that she didn’t even need to use the restroom. She was only there so her 16 year old friend wouldn’t be there alone. The head usher decided to physically push my daughter out of the line. Then he started yelling at my daughter for almost knocking over a small child when he pushed my daughter into the child. Head of security was there as well and witnesses said she was also yelling at the kids and actually right in the face while yelling. There was one security guard that was there and witnessed the entire event. He was fully on the girls side but since the head usher and head security were so out of control and they are his bosses, there was nothing he could do to help other than apologize. He was very kind and I’m not sure why he wouldn’t be in a more management position because he seemed to have more sense than the other 2. Just an awful experience all together!! Bad environment there. If you want to get the whole “New York” experience by having people be rude and obnoxious then this is your place. Otherwise go see another play. We have been to at least 12 broadway plays in the past few years and have never experienced anything like this. I’ve never written a bad review of any businesss and I hope this is the last but I felt like this shouldn’t be overlooked. I felt like this was such a bad experience that I will leave this review about this play everywhere I possibly can.
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Mel B
Belton, United Kingdom
"TOTALLY DISAPPOINTED, EXPECTED MORE THAN A SECOND RATE SHOW!"
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed February 15, 2019 NEW
This was our only let down in a fantastic week in New York. I adore musical theatre and have seen many, and this was a total let down! The orchestra taking up most of the stage, no costume changes or other scenery at all, poor dancing and singing, apart from Cuba Gooding jnr, and the lady who played Mama Morton, who were superb! The theatre was small, with no leg room in the seats, and the usher actually recommended that we use the loos before the show as there were too few! We actually left at the interval, which I have never done before!
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topmanjdc
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom
"Been ther seen it,done it!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 09, 2019 NEW
Yes, do your research and read the reviews, the seating is tight, the venue is small and the cast are of a particular age. But with all of the above negatives, if you can put up with them the show is great fun. When booking choose your seats as central as you can as the stage is not very wide and speakers and lights obstruct the views from the end seats on the mezzanine level.
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hayess24
"Amazing"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 03, 2019 NEW
We booked to see Chicago on Broadway 3 months before travel, the show and cast were out of this world. Roxie (Bianca) was lovely to meet at the stage door and spent a long time with us. Cuba gooding jnr was the best as Billy and great to meet at the stage door. The theatre was good but the seats were a bit uncomfortable. A must see show without fail when on Broadway, the best. Ps. We saw the very last show in London with Caroline Flack and it was no match on Broadway show.
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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.