SummerStage, the Central Park performing arts festival, will offer an evening paying tribute to the long-running, Tony-winning Broadway revival of Chicago — which celebrates its 20th year on Broadway November 14 — August 31.
The evening, which is entitled Chicago The Musical Celebrates 20 Years on Broadway, will feature Bianca Marroquín (currently plays Roxie Hart), Lana Gordon (currently plays Velma Kelly), Roz Ryan (currently plays Matron “Mama” Morton) and Raymond Bokhour (currently plays Amos Hart) as well as a Camp Broadway choral ensemble featuring 25 members
The revival of Chicago began life as one of the three annual Encores! presentations offered by City Center. The musical opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in November 1996 where it remained through February 1997. The musical transferred to the Shubert Theatre February 11, 1997, and played that house through January 26, 2003. The revival reopened at the Ambassador Theatre, its current home, January 29, 2003.
Chicago won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997 as well as awards for actors Bebe Neuwirthand James Naughton, director Walter Bobbie, lighting designer Ken Billington and choreographer Ann Reinking.
The original production was directed and choreographed by the late Bob Fosse. The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 W. 49th Street.
The August 31 event at the Rumsey Playfield is free of charge. Click here for additional details.