No trip to New York is complete without a seeing a Broadway musical. For a taste of classic Broadway, head to the Ambassador Theatre for the revival of Kander & Ebb’s Jazz Age-inspired musical, “Chicago.”
The longest-running American musical on Broadway and winner of six Tony Awards continues to pack in the crowds with its tale of murder, celebrity and jazz, its sizzling score, and the sexiest cast of performers on Broadway. The cast currently features Bianca Marroquin (who made her Broadway debut in “Chicago” in 2002) as chorine killer Roxie Hart, award-winning Amra-Faye Wright as sexy songstress Velma Kelly, Ryan Silverman as notorious defense lawyer Billy Flynn, Christopher Fitzgerald as Roxie’s milquetoast husband, Amos, and Broadway stalwart Roz Ryan (See interview in Lifestyle Section) as “Mama” Morton, the greedy, yet maternal supervisor of the murderesses of the Cook County jail.
Running since 1996, the current Broadway production is presented in a pared-down, concert staging, with an emphasis on the performances and the music, not the sets. While purists may complain that this takes away from the overall production, audiences continue to flock to the theatre to see the sexy dancing, the ripped-from-the-headlines tale of greed and betrayal, and hear the amazing performances from the cast and orchestra.
Featuring well-known songs like “All That Jazz,” “The Cellblock Tango,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “Mister Cellophane,” and slinky choreography by Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse, “Chicago” delivers a night of sin, sex and song. It is a terrific and accessible show for visitors to New York who want the classic Broadway experience.
In a bold move that has once again made this one of the must see shows of 2014, producers in January casted Tony Award Winner Bebe Neuwirth, taking on her third role in the current production. Neuwirth, a fan favorite since the show’s opening in 1996, will be taking over the role of Matron “Mama” Morton. She previously performed the roles of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. Neuwirth will replace current Mama Morton, Roz Ryan, on January 14th.
Tickets on sale now.
by Byrne Harrison