Razzle Dazzle Over the Barricades as Chicago Surpasses Les Miserable
It’s always exciting when you happen to be around for Broadway history in the making. While records aren’t something that hold too much significance in the theatre community, major landmarks for both shows and theatre organizations are always exciting. Today, Chicago the Musical will surpass the original Broadway production of Les Miserable to become the third longest running Broadway production in history.
Chicago the Musical, now in its 15th year on Broadway, is a musical that features a book, music and lyrics by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The american pair is famous not only for Chicago but other notable musicals such as The Scottsboro Boys, Cabaret, Kiss of the Spiderwomen and Steel Pier. The musical brings to life a story of fame and fortune through show stopping number after show stopping number. The musical has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy Award.
Tonight, the 8 PM performance will mark Chicago‘s 6,681st performance surpassing Les Miserables at 6,680. This will move Chicago into the slot of the third longest running show in Broadway history. This revival of Chicago began back in 1996 at The Richard Rodgers Theatre where it played until 1997. In 1997, the production moved to The Shubert Theatre where it played until 2003. And finally, in 2003 the show moved to The Ambassador Theatre (Pictured Above) where it is still playing today.
Lead producer Barry Weissler released a statement on the success on Chicago on this landmark day saying,
“Throughout the past 17 years, this production has exceeded my wildest expectations time and time again. Six Tony Awards, a Grammy Award-winning cast album, a six-time Academy Award-winning film adaptation, celebrated productions in 24 countries and 12 different languages across the globe — and now this Thursday we’re breaking Les Miserables’ incredible record to become the third longest-running show in Broadway history.…This is truly a remarkable day, and on behalf of the entire Chicago company, I want to thank the legions of fans and beloved audience members worldwide who have helped our show achieve this incredible milestone in Broadway history.”
The current cast of Chicago on Broadway includes Amy Spanger as Roxie Hart, Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, multi-platinum recording artist Billy Ray Cyrus as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, Carol Woods as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine The ensemble includes Donna Marie Asbury, Nicole Bridgewater, Cristy Candler, Dylis Croman, Michael Cusumano, Jennifer Dunne, David Kent, J. Loeffelholz, Sharon Moore, Peter Nelson, Brian O’Brien, Denny Paschall, Angel Reda, Jason Patrick Sands, Brian Spitulnik, Tonya Wathen, Amos Wolff and Ryan Worsing.
The only two shows remaining in front of Chicago include The Phantom of the Opera, which is still running, at 10,356 performances followed by Cats at 7,485 performances.
Congratulations to Chicago the Musical on a record breaking day! The continued success of this production year after year is what leads to today which is something worth celebrated! Luner on Theatre features Chicago on our blog from time to time with their new celebrity placements so be sure to check back for those! For more information, check out Chicago the Musical’s Official Broadway Website! Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!