Soon to celebrate it's record breaking 15th year on the Great White Way is Chicago. The show which first premiered in 1975 is not only the longest running revival in Broadway history but is the fifth longest running show overall. Not bad for a show that was overshadowed by A Chorus Line and ran less than two years.This production first began at the Encore! Series at City Center in the Spring of 1996. The show received rave reviews and soon plans were made to move the show to Broadway.
Since that time the show has played in over thirty different countries and been translated into Japanese. The show also has the distinction of playing at three different theatres during it's Broadway run. Not too shabby. Since the British invasion of musicals in the 1980's audiences have become accustomed to over the top theatrics and enormous sets.Yet here we are in 2011 and a little show like Chicago has outlasted them all.
All except The Phantom of the Opera that is. I have to say that I loved the show when I saw it back in 1997. They weren't trying to re-invent the wheel. They were there to tell a story while at the same time entertain you. That is something that is very rare these days. Other shows should take notice. You don't have to spend millions of dollars to make a show great. All you need is a few musicians. A talented cast. And last but not least a little razzle dazzle.Until next time theatre fans.
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