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

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.

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lilyperea
Mexico City, Mexico
"Funny musical! "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 15, 2019 NEW
We decided Chicago! Really good option the actores and actress were incredible, not si much things at escenario but they sang beautiful and the orchestra were incredible. The sits are small for tall people as my bf. The dresscode is not fancy you can go with jeans
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GuestsB28
Shirley, United Kingdom
"Disappointing "
TripAdvisor user rating 2 out of 5
Reviewed March 14, 2019 NEW
I was so disappointed in this show I have seen it in local theatre and loved it. I expected so much more from broadway. The cast (apart from Roxie and a couple of the supporting cast) were tired looking and seemed to be going through the motions. The show lacked any real energy. The conductor of the orchestra in stage was really upbeat and energetic but couldn’t save a very mediocre evening. Broadway should be a special experience, this isn’t - avoid it.
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57janettes
Calgary, Canada
"Awesome!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed March 04, 2019 NEW
We picked this because I loved the movie and was thoroughly entertained! The music was great and met all expectations.
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Lesleypenybont
Bridgend, United Kingdom
"Full of life. "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 27, 2019 NEW
A great night’s theatre if somewhat cramped in the small seats. The singing and acting was first class.
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Kaye M
"Pick another play!"
TripAdvisor user rating 1 out of 5
Reviewed February 24, 2019 NEW
This was the worst production of Chicago I have ever seen. It was actually the worst Broadway play I have ever seen! There was no set. The orchestra is on the stage and the actors play out the story in front of them. It was dark and dreary. The costumes, which could have been exciting because of the era it portrays, were one-note (black) and didn't change. The orchestra was good, but the singing was uneven. It felt like a low budget production. I was so disappointed because seven of us came from Colorado and picked Chicago as one of the two plays we would see. Six of us wanted to leave at intermission. I go to a lot of theatre and have seen better productions of Chicago in the Denver area, Pick another play!
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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.