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TIMELINE

November 14, 1996

CHICAGO opens at The Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway

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 and Best Choreography

November 18, 1997

London Company opens at The Adelphi Theatre

December 12, 1997

Second National American Touring Company opens at the Barbara B. Mann Theatre in Fort Myers, Florida

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

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

November 2000

CHICAGO Touring Company plays Lisbon, Portugal

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, U.K.

October 17, 2001

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

October 4, 2002

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

December 27, 2002

The Miramax film version of CHICAGO opens

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

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

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 Cape Town, 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 ever to play The Adelphi Theatre and the longest-running revival of a Broadway musical in West End history

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, 200

CHICAGO surpasses MISS SAIGON to become the eighth-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 a star-studded benefit performance featuring the original cast members and celebrity alums

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 five-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 original cast members and celebrity alums

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

February 12, 2009

CHICAGO Touring Company plays Muangthai 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 seventh-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

January 10, 2010

Korean Language Company reopens at the Seongnam Art Center Opera House in Seongnam, South Korea

January 12, 2010

CHICAGO becomes the sixth-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 Marroquín 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 Hart

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 Marroquín returns to CHICAGO, reprising her role of Roxie Hart

March 25, 2011

CHICAGO becomes the fifth-longest-running show in Broadway history, with 5,960 performances

April 8, 2011

Christie Brinkley makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart

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 the third-longest-running show on Broadway

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

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 passes CATS to become the second-longest-running show in Broadway history

February 2, 2015

Grammy Award–winner Jennifer Nettles and Broadway’s Carly Hughes join the cast as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly

March 30, 2015

Paige Davis and Amra-Faye Wright return to the cast as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly

April 28, 2015

Grammy Award–winner Brandy Norwood joins the cast as Roxie Hart

May 12, 2015

Composer John Kander is honored with The Broadway League’s Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award

June 1, 2015

Peruvian soap opera star Marco Zunino returns to the Broadway stage for a limited run as Billy Flynn

September 21, 2015

Rumer Willis steps into Roxie Hart’s dancing shoes

November 2, 2015

Charlotte Kate Fox (“Massan”) takes over as Roxie Hart

November 14, 2015

CHICAGO celebrates 19 years on Broadway

November 22, 2015

“Real Housewives” star Nene Leakes returns to Broadway as CHICAGO’s Matron “Mama” Morton

January 11, 2016

Heisman Trophy–winner and NFL legend Eddie George takes over as Billy Flynn in his Broadway debut

October 17, 2016

Disney Channel star Veronica Dunne makes her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart

November 14, 2016

CHICAGO celebrates its 20th anniversary on Broadway

December 28, 2016

Spice Girl Mel B returns to Broadway as Roxie Hart

CELEBRITY CELLBLOCK


Veronica Dunne as Roxie Hart (2016)
Mel B as Roxie Hart (2016)
Jaime Camil as Billy Flynn (2016)
Eddie George as Billy Flynn (2016)
Nene Leakes as Matron "Mama" Morton (2015)
Rumer Willis as Roxie Hart (2015)
Marco Zunino as Billy Flynn (2015)
Brandy Norwood as Roxie Hart (2015)
Jennifer Nettles as Roxie Hart (2015)
Patrick Swayze as Billy Flynn (2003)
Wayne Brady as Billy Flynn (2004)
Ute Lemper as Velma Kelly (1998)
Usher as Billy Flynn (2006)
Tracy Shayne as Roxie Hart (2004)
Matthew Settle as Billy Flynn (2010)
Samantha Harris as Roxie Hart (2009)
John Schneider as Billy Flynn (2008)
Sandy Duncan as Roxie Hart (1999)
Rita Wilson as Roxie Hart (2006)
Lisa Rinna as Roxie Hart (2007)
Paige Davis as Roxie Hart (2004)
Michael C. Hall as Billy Flynn (2010)
Melanie Griffith as Roxie Hart (2003)
Marilu Henner as Roxie Hart (1997)
Brian McKnight as Billy Flynn (2007)
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