CHICAGO, Broadway’s longest running American musical, premières in Brazil for a short season in the second half of 2020. Winner of six Tony Awards, the Grammy Awards for the “Best Musical Album,” and six Oscar statuettes (including Best Picture), the show voices a sour and often humorous criticism of the show business, by bringing up the topic of overnight celebrities in 1920s Chicago. From this perspective, the production — more current than ever — features many memorable tunes, such as “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle.” CHICAGO presents one of Broadway’s best dancing expressions, with a spectacular group performing riveting Bob Fosse style dance acts originally choreographed by Ann Reinking. No wonder the New York Times rates CHICAGO as “the best musical in town.”
Seen in 36 countries, in 12 different languages, the show is still on, with its revival in New York since 1996. Besides Broadway, the musical runs simultaneously in Australia and Mexico; and it lands in Brazil as a co-production of executive and producer Stephanie Mayorkis, from EGG Entretenimento, with IMM — which has amassed an audience of over 400,000 people with the latest shows “Sunset Boulevard,” Disney’s “Little Mermaid,” “Singin’ in the Rain” and “My Fair Lady” — in association with Barry & Fran Weissler.
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins; the show is an original production directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse; lyrics by Fred Ebb; music by John Kander; and book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse. With two Broadway productions (original — 1975 and revival — 1996 to date), CHICAGO has won the Grammy Awards for “Best Musical Album” and has received 18 Tony Awards nominations (ten in 1976 and eight in 1997), winning in six categories (in 1997):
Years later, in the 2002 film adaptation with a stellar ensemble, CHICAGO received thirteen Oscar nominations, winning 6 categories as well:
The CHICAGO show in Brazil is promoted by the Ministry of Social Development, IMM and EGG Entretenimento, in association with Barry & Fran Weissler.