The 25th anniversary celebration of ‘Chicago’ on Broadway

On Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Chicago, as it nears 10,000and performance on Broadway, celebrated 25 years of “Razzle Dazzle” with a special anniversary celebration. Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, the iconic show won six Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical Cover and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording. Over the past quarter century, the musical has been seen in 36 different countries and by 33 million people worldwide.

A Chicago scene with the current Broadway cast. Photo by Rebecca J. Michelson.

Starting with a performance by the Brooklyn United Marching Band on the TKTS Red Steps in Duffy Square, Chicago was later honored with a special mayoral proclamation, accepted by original cast members Joel Gray, James Naughton and Bebe Neuwirth. Mayor-elect Eric Adams made a surprise appearance – his first at a Broadway show to thank the public for returning to the theater.

The evening also included a star-studded red carpet at the Ambassador Theater, which was lit red for the occasion, featuring members of the original Broadway cast, current Broadway cast and other acclaimed stars. Plus, there was a tribute to Ann Reinking, the original choreographer who also starred Roxie Hart in the 1996 production, with a video and a special alumni presentation. Chicago star Charlotte d’Amboise.

The key moments and stars of the celebration were captured in the photographs below by Daniel Rader:

The Brooklyn United Marching Band. Photo by Daniel Rader.
The Chicago Street team marches to the Ambassador Theater. Photo by Daniel Rader.
The Ambassador Theatre. Photo by Daniel Rader.
Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton and Joel Grey. Photo by Daniel Rader.
John Kander. Photo by Daniel Rader.
Video tribute to Ann Reinking. Photo by Daniel Rader.
The cast of Chicago with mayor-elect Eric Adams. Photo by Daniel Rader.

Chicago plays indefinitely at the Ambassador Theater, 219 West 49and Street, New York. For tickets, with prices starting at $59.50, call (212) 239-6200 or visit in line.

All audience members must wear a properly fitted mask over their nose and mouth in the theater except when eating or drinking in designated areas. Anyone age 12 and older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-cleared vaccine and show proof to attend a show. Children 5 to 11 years old must be immunized with an FDA- or WHO-cleared vaccine or test negative. Children under 5 and people with a medical condition or narrow religious belief that prevents vaccination may present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Anyone 18 years of age or older must present valid government-issued photo ID. Children under 18 may also present a school ID, birth certificate, or Social Security card (photo not required), and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult who meets the requirements above.

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