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Around the World Since 1996

Chicago The Musical is coming to State Theatre New Jersey Friday, February 15, through Sunday, February 17. Chicago is the number one longest-running American Musical in Broadway history. Here is an in-depth look at Chicago The Musical and its journey. 

  • 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 The National Theatre in Washington, DC

  • 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, The Strand, London, England

  • December 12, 1997: Second National American Touring Company opens at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in Ft. 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, Australia

  • September 23, 1998: First German Language Company opens at the Theatre an der Wien in Vienna, Austria

  • January 12, 1999: First German Language Company transfers to the Ronacher Theater in Vienna, Austria 

  • January 1999: First Australian Company transfers to the Festival Theatre in Adelaide, Australia

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

  • February 1999: First Australian Company transfers to The Capitol Theatre in Sydney, Australia

  • February 1999: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Koseinenkin Kaikan Hall in Tokyo, Japan 

  • March 2, 1999: Second National American Touring Company begins extended engagement at the Mandalay Bay Theatre in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • May 9, 1999: First Dutch Language Company opens at the Beatrix Theater in Utrecht, Holland

  • August 1999: First Swedish Language Company transfers to The Oscar Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden 

  • September 25, 1999: Second German Language Company opens at The Theater des Westens in Berlin, Germany

  • October 1999: First Australian Company transfers to the Burswood Casino in Perth, Australia

  • February 2000: First Australian Company transfers to QPAC Lyric Theatre in Brisbane, Australia

  • April 2000: Australian Company transfers to the Kallang Theatre in Singapore

  • April 2000: Australian Company transfers to the Lyric Theatre in Hong Kong

  • October 2000: Second German Language Company transfers to the Deutsches Theater in Munich, Germany

  • November 2000: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Coliseu dos Recreios in Lisbon, Portugal 

  • December 2000: Second German Language Company transfers to the Musical Theater Basel in Basel, Switzerland

  • 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, United Kingdom

  • September 2001: Third German Language Company opens in Dusseldorf, Germany

  • 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: Miramax film version of Chicago opens

  • January 29, 2003: Chicago moves to the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway

  • May 2003: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Akasaka Act Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

  • June 10, 2003: Third National American Touring Company opens at The National Theatre in Washington, DC

  • July 2, 2003: Chicago Touring Company transfers to Seoul and Dae Gu, South Korea

  • July 17, 2003: First Russian Language Company opens at the Zimny (Winter) in Sochi, Russia

  • July 17, 2003:First French Language Company opens at the Theatre Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec

  • August 2003: Chicago Touring Company reopens at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan

  • November 4, 2003: Second United Kingdom Tour opens in Antwerp, Belgium

  • January 5, 2004: Second United Kingdom Tour opens at the Musical Theater Basel in Basel, Switzerland

  • February 27, 2004: First Italian Language Company opens at the Teatro Nazionale in Milan, Italy

  • March 3, 2004: Second French Language Company opens at the Casino de Paris in Paris, France

  • April 13, 2004: First Italian Language Company transfers to the Teatro Sistina in Rome, Italy

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

  • September 2004: Third United Kingdom Tour opens at the King’s Theatre in Glasgow, United Kingdom

  • December 20, 2004: Chicago Touring Company opens in Beijing, China

  • April 28, 2005: South African Company opens at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa

  • May 17, 2005: Second United Kingdom Tour opens at the Athens Arena in Athens, Greece

  • July 6, 2005: Chicago Touring Company opens at the National Theater in Taipei, Taiwan 

  • July 20, 2005: South African Company transfers to the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa

  • August 11, 2005: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo, Japan 

  • September 6, 2005: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan 

  • October 17, 2005: London production becomes the longest running production at the Adelphi Theatre, and also the longest running American musical in West End Theatre 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 opens at the Madinat Theatre in Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  • September 14, 2006: Chicago surpasses Miss Saigon to become the eighth longest running show in Broadway history

  • September 25, 2006: Fourth United Kingdom Tour opens at the Alexandra Theatre in Birmingham, United Kingdom

  • 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 on Broadway with a star-studded benefit performance featuring the original cast members and celebrity alums

  • February 8, 2007: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Nissei Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

  • May 17, 2007: Chicago Touring Company opens at the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • September 14, 2007: First Danish Language Company opens at the Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, Denmark

  • September 18, 2007: First Korean Language Company opens at the Sejon Grand Hall in Seoul, South Korea

  • October 7, 2007: First Korean Language Company transfers to the Civic Center in Daegu, South Korea

  • October 20, 2007: First Korean Language Company transfers to the Yeolin Theatre Chang-dong in Seoul, South Korea

  • November 18, 2007: Chicago London Company celebrates 10 years in the West End

  • November 21, 2007: First Korean Language Company transfers to Hyundai Arts Center in WoolSan, South Korea

  • March 18, 2008: South African Company reopens at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town, South Africa 

  • April 22, 2008: South African Company transfers to the Montecasino Theatre in Johannesburg, South Africa 

  • July 11, 2008: Korean Language Company reopens at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul, South Korea

  • September 5, 2008: Korean Language Company transfers to the Daegu Opera House in Daegu, South Korea

  • September 10, 2008: Danish Language Company reopens in the Det Ny Teater in Copenhagen, Denmark 

  • October 3, 2008: Korean Language Company transfers to the Culture and Art Center in Gwangju, South Korea

  • October 8, 2008: First Japanese Language Company opens at the Akasaka Act Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

  • November 4, 2008: Japanese Language Company transfers to the Umeda Arts Theatre in Osaka, Japan

  • November 11, 2008: National American Touring Company reopens at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina

  • November 12, 2008: Japanese Language Company transfers to the Aoyama Theatre in Tokyo, Japan

  • November 14, 2008: The Broadway production of Chicago celebrates its 5,000th performance

  • 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

  • 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 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • August 29, 2011: Chicago plays its 6,138th razzle-dazzle performance, making it the longest-running American show in Broadway history!

  • November 2011: Third Spanish language Company returns to Madrid to the Nuevo Teatro Alcala

  • June 2012: Korean Language Company reopens in Seoul, South Korea

  • September 2012 : Chicago Touring Company plays in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan

  • December 20, 2012: Chicago becomes the 3rd longest-running show in Broadway history with 6,681 performances

  • October 2013: Chicago launches its 15th U.S. national touring production

  • October 21, 2013: As Matron “Mama” Morton, longtime company member Roz Ryan breaks the record for having played more performances on Broadway than any other lead actress in the show’s history – 1,920 performances!

  • January 14, 2014: Tony Award®-winner and original cast member Bebe Neuwirth rejoins the Broadway company in her third starring role, Matron “Mama” Morton.  She is the only actress in history to play all three leading female roles in Chicago 

  • August 2014: Korean Language Company reopens in Seoul, South Korea followed by touring engagements in South Korea

  • November 2014: Japan’s century-old Takarazuka Review company mounts the first-ever all-female production of CHICAGO, playing a three-city tour in Japan

  • November 2014: Fourth German Language Company opes in Stuttgart, Germany

  • November 23, 2014: Chicago plays its 7,486th performance to become the second longest-running show in Broadway history

  • December 2014: The 16th U.S. National Touring company of Chicago  plays a three-week engagement in Manila, marking the first time the show has played in the Philippines

  • June 2015: Chicago U.S. National Touring Company plays an eight-week engagement in Seoul, South Korea

  • November 2015: Korean Language Company reopens in Seoul, South Korea

  • December 2015: Chicago Touring Company plays in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan    
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