Project Description

Chicago (Broadway)

Chicago (Broadway & Tour)

A revival of CHICAGO with music by John Kander; book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; lyrics by Fred Ebb opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14, 1996 and ran to February 9, 1997 then transferred to Shubert Theatre to reopen on February 11, 1997  and ran to January 26, 2003 and then transferred again to the Ambassador Theatre to reopen on January 29, 2003 where it is still running.   Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler in association with Kardana Productions, Inc. (Alecia Parker, Associate Producer), presented in association with PACE Theatrical Group/Hart Sharp Entertainment.

Directed by Walter Bobbie; Choreographed by Ann Reinking; Original choreography for “Hot Honey Rag” by Bob Fosse; Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Costume Design by William Ivey Long; Lighting Design by Ken Billington; Sound Design by Scott Lehrer, Hair Design by Rolando Beauchamp and Online marketing by Toby Simkin.

Starring Bebe Neuwirth (Velma Kelly), Ann Reinking (Roxie Hart), Michael Berresse (Fred Casely), Michael Kubala (Sergeant Fogerty), Joel Grey (Amos Hart), Denise Faye (Liz), Mamie Duncan-Gibbs (Annie), Mary Ann Lamb (June), Tina Paul (Hunyak), Caitlin Carter (Mona), Marcia Lewis (Matron “Mama” Morton), James Naughton (Billy Flynn), D. Sabella (Mary Sunshine), Leigh Zimmerman (Go-to-Hell Kitty), Rocker Verastique (Harry), David Warren-Gibson (Aaron), Jim Borstelmann (The Judge), Bruce Anthony Davis (Martin Harrison) and John Mineo (Court Clerk)

Among the many other performers and celebrities who have appeared in the show during its long run are Michelle Williams, Usher, Brandy, Christopher Sieber, Charlotte d’Amboise, Michael C. Hall, Roz Ryan, Jerry Springer, Brooke Shields, NeNe Leakes, Debra Monk, Patrick Swayze, Kevin Richardson, Gretchen Mol, Rita Wilson, Alan Thicke, Melanie Griffith, Taye Diggs, Carol Woods, Chandra Wilson, John O’Hurley, Christine Pedi, Ashlee Simpson, Adam Pascal, Amy Spanger, Leigh Zimmerman, Wendy Williams, Samantha Harris, Jennifer Nettles, Marilu Henner, Jeff McCarthy, Philip Casnoff, Pasquale Aleardi, Ruthie Henshall, Christie Brinkley, Tony Yazbeck, Kara DioGuardi, Sofía Vergara, Mel B,  Ryoko Yonekura and Todrick Hall.

On November 18, 1997, a copy of the Broadway revival production opened in London’s West End.

As Founder and CEO of Theatre.com and BuyBroadway.com.  The pioneer in moving the Broadway industry onto the internet. Press branded me as “Toby is the man pushing theatre, kicking and screaming, into cyberspace.” The Broadway theatre supersite Buy Broadway OnlineWhat started in 1989 as a Broadway industry service called ShowCall via dialup BBS for members of the League of American Theatre Producers evolved onto the world wide web in 1993, and shortly after this, the vast majority of Broadway shows (starting with my production of Victor/Victoria) and theatrical organizations followed. Described by Variety Magazine as a “marketing powerhouse“, it was the single largest theatre community in the world with over 180,000 active members. The global theater supersite theatre.comFrom buying official Broadway tickets and souvenirs, providing detailed global show listings, interactive show study & educational guides, live streaming shows and events (including many Opening Nights), industry news from major theatre journalists, pictures and videos, games, messaging directly to Broadway cast’s backstage or even licensing a musical, theatre.com offered it all in a single, easy-to-use interface to theatregoers across North America and globally. The “Super site of Broadway” became a publicly traded company, prior to my re-branding it as Theatre.com at the Minskoff Theatre.

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