What is the musical Chicago about

It's hot, sexy, incredibly exciting and also musically an experience: The musical CHICAGO is a real long-running hit on New York's Broadway. The show has been shown here continuously for 18 years, and the musical has already secured six Tonys. Although the story of Bob Fosse is set in the 1920s, it is equally timeless and functions as a snappy, critical accounting with today's media and glittering world. It's about love, lies and passions, about great emotions, hopes and disappointments. In the summer of 2019, CHICAGO is coming on tour through Germany and stops in the cities of Cologne, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Berlin.

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Plot from CHICAGO

Chicago in the 1920s: Vaudeville dancer Roxie Hart killed her lover Fred Casely. At first her husband still covers her, but when he learns about the relationship between Roxie and Fred, he leaves her to the police. Roxie is on remand. In prison, she meets both the sly Matron Morton and the dancer Velma Kelly, who is also incarcerated for murder. With Morton's help, Kelly has become a media star out of prison and is planning her big career after her release - a path that Roxie is also taking. As a “jazz killer” she becomes a media darling, much to the displeasure of the jealous Velma. For her career, Roxie piles up lie after lie until the big day of the negotiation draws near ...

The sex appeal of the 1920s

The musical CHICAGO takes the audience into the glittering world of the variety show of the 1920s, shows sizzling eroticism on the dance floor and combines the glamor of the past with a biting story that can also be transferred to the present day. After all, the dream of stardom is timeless, as evidenced by the never-ending stream of casting show participants. The unique mixture makes CHICAGO an absolute hit with the public, which critics also appreciate. The story also served as the template for a successful Hollywood film starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and René Zellweger.

CHICAGO - a success story on Broadway

Bob Fosse and Fred Ebb, the creators of CABARET, came up with the book for the musical CHICAGO in the 1970s and based it on a play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins from 1926. The music is penned by John Kander and Fred Ebb. The show first ran from 1974 to 1977 in New York on April 46th Street Theater. The musical had 936 performances in its first season - this number has long since been discontinued after 18 years of musical history on Broadway. The major revival production premiered at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York on November 14, 1996 and has been on view continuously ever since.

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07/22/2019 from Jana

I found the musical very good and I can also praise the leading actors very much.


A great show with great actressesCHICAGO musical
December 2nd, 2014 by Susanne K.

I really liked the current production of "Chicago". I was particularly impressed by the two leading actresses. Lana has a great voice and seems absolutely self-confident on stage. A strong personality! Carien shows great dance interludes and completely convinced me as Roxie. I like to watch that again.


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07/27/2014 from Bek

I saw "Chicago" in St Gallen / Switzerland in 2012 and was thrilled. The audience was transported back to Chicago in the 1920s. The actors harmonized wonderfully with each other. The relatively elaborate stage design showed tall, narrow single cells for the imprisoned women, a hanging swing for Roxy, a chic office for Billy, a posh courtroom and much more - it was incredibly versatile. The orchestra played a rousing jazz in the orchestra pit. The costumes, elaborately crafted, glittered as one.
I'm looking forward to more productions - but of those I've seen so far, this one is clearly at the top!


4.35.033I thought the musical was very good and I can also praise the leading actors very much. CHICAGO Musical