Chicago premiered on June 3rd, 1975 at the 46th Street Theatre in New York. The show reunited the powerhouses of John Kander, Fred Ebb, and Bob Fosse, who directed and choreographed the musical. The show was a hit with a cast including Gwen Verdon, Chita Rivera, and Jerry Orbach. The premiere of Chicago ran for a total of 936 performances!
In 1996, Chicago was revived, running at the Richard Rogers Theatre, the Shubert Theatre, and the Ambassador Theatre where it is still running. Walter Bobbie took over as the director and Ann Reinking took over the choreography, but Fosse’s influence is still heavily prevalent in the construction of the revival. The original revival cast starred Joel Grey, James Naughton, Bebe Neuwirth, and Ann Reinking.
2002 saw the Academy Award nominated film adaptation of the stage musical. It was directed by Rob Marshall, and stared Renee Zellweger, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Richard Gere. The screenplay includes details and lines from the original play, especially in regards to the “Funny Honey” scene and the courtroom scene.
“Chicago.” Broadway Musical Home –. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 July 2016. <http://broadwaymusicalhome.com/shows/chicago.htm>.