Chicago Musical LogoOriginal Broadway production
Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville was opened on 3rd June 1975 at Broadway theatre the 46th Street Theatre in New York City in what is now known as the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

The story is set in prohibition-era Chicago and is a satire based on the corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the logic of a “celebrity criminal”.  The Chicago musical is based on a 1926 play by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins about the crimes and criminals she reports on.  The basis of the Chicago play came from Maurine’s Chicago Tribune coverage of the 1924 trials of Beulah Annan & Belva Gaertner.

Productions of Chicago

  • 1975 Broadway
  • 1979 West End
  • International productions
  • 1996 Broadway revival
  • 1997 West End
  • 2005 US Tour
  • 2006 UK Tour
  • 2009 UK Tour
  • 2009 US Tour

As of January 2010 Chicago the musical has played over 5,400 performances and formed the basis for academy award winning film production which was released in 2002.