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Timeline

1996

November 14, 1996 CHICAGO opens at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway

1997

February 4, 1997 CHICAGO moves to The Shubert Theatre on Broadway

April 16, 1997 First National American Touring Company opens at Washington, D.C.’s National Theatre

June 1, 1997 CHICAGO wins six Tony® Awards including Best Musical Revival, Best Direction & Best Choreography

November 18, 1997 London Company opens at The Adelphi Theatre

December 12, 1997 Second National American Touring Company opens at Barbara B. Mann Theatre in Ft. Myers, Florida

1998

February 15, 1998 CHICAGO in London wins two Laurence Olivier® Awards including Outstanding Musical Production

February 25, 1998 CHICAGO wins the Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album

July 4, 1998 First Australian Company opens at Her Majesty’s Theatre in Melbourne

September 23, 1998 First German Language Company opens at Theatre An Der Wien in Vienna, Austria

1999

February 17, 1999 First Swedish Language Company opens at Eriksberg Hall in Gothenberg, Sweden

March 1999 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Tokyo, Japan

May 9, 1999 First Dutch Language Company opens at The Beatrix Theatre in Utrecht, Holland

2000

November 2000 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Lisbon, Portugal

2001

January 23, 2001 First Spanish Language Company opens at The Teatro Opera in Buenos Aires, Argentina

September 14, 2001 First United Kingdom tour opens at The Opera House in Manchester, UK

October 17, 2001 Second Spanish Language Company opens at The Centro Cultural Telmex in Mexico City, Mexico

2002

October 4, 2002 First Russian Language Company opens at The Estrada Theatre in Moscow, Russia

December 27, 2002 Miramax film version of CHICAGO opens

2003

January 29, 2003 CHICAGO moves to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway

June 2003 CHICAGO Touring Company returns to play Tokyo, Japan

July 2003 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Seoul and Dae Gu, South Korea

July 17, 2003 First French Language Company opens at Theatre Maisonneuve Place des Arts in Montreal, Canada

2004

January 26, 2004 First Italian Language Company opens at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Italy

March, 2004 Second French Language Company opens at Au Casino de Paris in Paris, France

April 28, 2004 First Portuguese Language Company opens at the Teatro Abril in Sao Paulo, Brazil

December 2004 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Beijing, China

2005

April 28, 2005 South African Company opens at The Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa

July 20, 2005 South African Company opens at Artscape Opera House in Capetown, South Africa

August 2005 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Osaka and returns for a third time to play Tokyo, Japan

October 17, 2005 London production becomes the longest running production to ever play the Adelphi Theatre and the longest running revival of a Broadway Musical in West End history

2006

April 28, 2006 London production transfers to the Cambridge Theatre, where the original production of CHICAGO ran for 603 performances in 1979

May 4, 2006 CHICAGO touring company plays at Madinat Jumeirah Arena in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

September 14, 2006 CHICAGO surpasses MISS SAIGON to become the 8th longest running show in Broadway history

October 3, 2006 Masterworks Broadway releases a 10th Anniversary Box Set edition of the CHICAGO cast album recording

November 14, 2006 CHICAGO celebrates its 10th Anniversary with an star-studded benefit performance featuring the original cast members and celebrity alums

2007

February 8, 2007 CHICAGO Touring Company returns to play Tokyo, Japan

May 17, 2007 CHICAGO Touring Company plays the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

September 2007 CHICAGO on Broadway welcomes its 5 millionth audience member to the show

September 14, 2007 First Danish Language Company opens in Copenhagen, Denmark

September 18, 2007 First Korean Language Company opens in Seoul, South Korea

December 5, 2007 CHICAGO celebrates its 10th Anniversary in London with a star-studded benefit performance featuring the original cast members and celebrity alums

2008

April 22, 2008 South African Company reopens in Cape Town, South Africa

July 11, 2008 Korean Language Company reopens in Seoul, South Korea

September 10, 2008 Danish Language Company reopens in Copenhagen, Denmark

October 8, 2008 First Japanese Language Company to open in Tokyo, Japan

2009

February 12, 2009 CHICAGO Touring Company plays Muang Thai Rachadalai Theatre in Bangkok, Thailand

March 22, 2009 Second Australian Company opens at the QPAC Lyric Theatre in Brisbane, Australia

March 24, 2009 CHICAGO surpasses RENT to become the 7th longest-running show in Broadway history

May 14, 2009 Second Australian Company transfers to Star City's Lyric Theatre in Sydney, Australia

June 5, 2009 Korean Language Company reopens at the SeongNam Art Center Opera House in SeongNam, South Korea

October 1, 2009 CHICAGO Touring Company plays The Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

November 15, 2009 Second Dutch Language Company (tour) opens at the Schouwburg Het Park theatre in Hoorn, The Netherlands.

November 26, 2009 Third Spanish Language Company opens at the Coliseum Theatre in Madrid, Spain

November 30, 2009 Ashlee Simpson makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart

2010

January 10, 2010 Korean Language Company reopens at the SeongNam Art Center Opera House in SeongNam, South Korea

January 12, 2010 CHICAGO becomes the 6th longest-running show in Broadway history, with 5,462 performances

February 8, 2010 Michelle Williams begins her Broadway run as Roxie Hart

February 20, 2010 Second Australian Company transfers to the Burswood Theatre in Perth

March 6, 2010 Korean Language Company reopens at the Sori Arts Center in Jeon-Joo, South Korea

March 29, 2010 Matthew Settle begins his Broadway run as Billy Flynn

April 15, 2010 Bianca Marroquin debuts on Broadway as Roxie Hart

April 16, 2010 Second Australian Company transfers to Esplanade Theatre in Singapore

April 26, 2010 Ruthie Henshall takes over as Roxie

May 20, 2010 Second Australian Company transfers to Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts (Lyric Theatre) in Hong Kong

June 4, 2010 Japanese Language Company re-opens at the Hyogo Performing Arts Center in Nishinomiya, Japan

June 9, 2010 Japanese Language Company transfers to The Akasaka ACT Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

July 20, 2010 John O'Hurley returns to CHICAGO as Billy Flynn

August 12, 2010 Third Spanish Language Company tour of Spain commences in Bilbao, Spain

October 1, 2010 CHICAGO Touring Company plays the TIM Maslak Show Center in Istanbul, Turkey

November 1, 2010 Fourth Spanish Language Company opens in Buenos Aires, Argentina

November 2010 CHICAGO begins first year of performances on the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line

December 20, 2010 Bianca Marroquin returns to CHICAGO reprising her role of Roxie Hart

2011

March 25, 2011 CHICAGO becomes the 5th longest-running show in Broadway history, with 5,960 performances

April 8, 2011 Christie Brinkley makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart

2012

November 5, 2012 Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus joins the cast

November 14, 2012 CHICAGO celebrates its 16th year on Broadway!

December 20, 2012 CHICAGO Becomes Third Longest-Running Show on Broadway

2013

June 28, 2013 Wendy Williams, Queen of Daytime Talk TV, joins the cast

September 24, 2013 CHICAGO celebrates its 7,000th performance on Broadway

October 21, 2013 Roz Ryan will break a longtime CHICAGO company record with the most performances of any leading actress in the show's historic 17-year run

October 24, 2013 Two-time Tony Nominee Christopher Fitzgerald joins the cast as Amos Hart

March 17, 2013 Two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time world champion figure skater Elvis Stojko makes his Broadway debut as Billy Flynn

2014

January 14, 2014 Having previously performed the roles of Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, Bebe Neuwirth steps into her third role in CHICAGO as Matron "Mama" Morton

December 2014 CHICAGO will pass Cats to become the second-longest running show in Broadway history