Facts About CHICAGO!

Before you paint the town and see CHICAGO at The Straz, check out these fun facts and all that jazz about the long-running musical.

  • CHICAGO is the longest-running American musical in Broadway and West End history.

The Ambassador Theatre in New York City has been home to CHICAGO since 2003.

  • CHICAGO is the second longest running show in Broadway history, having surpassed Cats in November 2014. The Broadway production has over 9,500 performances.

  • CHICAGO has grossed more than $700 million on Broadway since it opened in 1996, and more than $1.6 billion worldwide.
  • CHICAGO has been seen by more than 32 million people worldwide.

  • CHICAGO has played more than 32,500 performances worldwide.

  • CHICAGO has played in 36 countries (including the US, UK, Canada, Australia, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Spain, France, South Korea and more and in more than 500 cities.

  • The words “All That Jazz” have been either sung or spoken more than 715,000 times in 13 different languages.
  • CHICAGO has played all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

  • CHICAGO received six Tony Awards® (including Best Musical Revival), five Drama Desk Awards, five Outer Critics’ Circle Awards, one 1998 Critics Circle Award, one Grammy® Award (for Original Cast Recording), two Astaire Awards, one Drama League Award, two Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards, two L.A. Drama Critics Circle Awards, two L.A. Ovation Awards, one Helen Hayes Award, one Black Theatre Alliance Award, seven E.W. Awards, two Joseph Jefferson Awards and one Elliott Norton Award for the Broadway and national touring companies.
  • For its international productions, CHICAGO received two Olivier Awards (including Best Musical Production), three ACE Awards, three El Heraldo Awards, three Asociacion Mexicana de Criticos de Teatro Awards, two Helpman Awards, four Guldmasken Awards and two Premio Qualidade Brasil Awards.

  • CHICAGO has been graced by many stars throughout its more than 25 years on Broadway, including Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, James Naughton, Joel Grey, Jasmine Guy, Sharon Lawrence, Marilu Henner, Sandy Duncan, Michael C. Hall, Wayne Brady, Melanie Griffith, Paige Davis, Jennifer Holliday, Taye Diggs, Brooke Shields, Linda Carter, Sofia Vergara, Kevin Richardson, Huey Lewis, Robin Givens, John O’Hurley, Usher, Lisa Rinna, Harry Hamlin, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, Brian McKnight, John Schneider, Melora Hardin, Chandra Wilson, Christie Brinkley, Ashlee Simpson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Jennifer Nettles, Mel B, Cuba Gooding Jr. and many more.

Most recently, two-time RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon made her Broadway debut as CHICAGO‘s Matron “Mama” Morton.

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