Deutsches Theater München and BB Promotion GmbH, Barry & Fran Weissler, David Ian in association with Showtime Management present
Love, lies, lust
Two cold-blooded, seductive murderers, a scheming lawyer and a prison full of sin: The story of the musical Chicago is a dubious ménage-a-trois – obscure and bulging with love, betrayal, rivalry and plenty of sex appeal! With wild jazz performed live by a big orchestra, hot dance scenes and the lifestyle of the Twenties, Chicago offers everything that defines Broadway and the West End: a captivating story and infectious rhythms. The award-winning musical has attracted over 31 million visitors in 36 countries so far. 30.000 performances and the record-breaking runs of more than 22 years in New York City and 15 years in London speak for themselves. The soundtrack is legendary with numbers like „All That Jazz“ and „Cell Block Tango“ – awarded with a Grammy in 2004. In summer, the original English production of Chicago – The Musical is coming to the Deutsches Theater in Munich.
A captivating story
The musical takes place in the gangster city Chicago in the 1920es. Chicago tells the story of Roxie Hart, a nightclub singer who shot her lover because he wanted to leave her. Roxie is put behind bars and there, she meets the notorious double murderer and dancer Velma Kelly. To avoid conviction they hire cunning lawyer Billy Finn. He markets their crimes in the tabloid press – a triangular affair about love, fame and riches develops, sparked by jealousy, greed and resentment.
Award-winning, compelling, timeless
The creators, the legendary Broadway trio with composer John Kander, lyricist Fred Ebb and co-auther, choreographer and original director Bob Fosse, created Chicago in 1975. The story is based on a play by Maurine Dallas Watkins from 1926 about true events: The journalist of the Chicago Tribune was accompanying a sensational trial against two young, attractive women at that time. They were accused of having killed their lovers under the influence of alcohol and jazz. It was the perfect material for the successful trio Kander, Ebb and Fosse. After the world premiere at 46th Street Theatre in June 1975, the show ran for over two years. In November 1996, the revival of Chicago premiered on Broadway. The renowned dancer and choreographer Ann Reinking revised the choreographies of her mentor Bob Fosse for the revival. Reinking received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for her work.
The musical and its film adaptations received a total of six Tony Awards (1997), two Olivier Awards (1998), a Grammy Award (1998) and six Oscars (2003).