“Chicago” Set to Become “All That” in Broadway History

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    Maria Sansone can't get enough of Broadway and recaps the best of her Tuesday Matinees of 2010.

    “Chicago” is on the verge of becoming the longest-running American show in Broadway’s long history – whenever Hurricane Irene allows its cast to give another performance. 

    Stars Christopher Sieber (who plays Billy Flynn) and Charlotte d’Amboise (Roxie Hart) and the company of the hard-to-miss musical revival set in the Windy City in the Roaring Twenties marked the show’s 6,137th performance Friday night. That allowed “Chicago” to tie “A Chorus Line” for the fourth-longest run on Broadway, The Associated Press reported.
     
    Actress Bebe Neuwirth, who portrayed Velma Kelly when the revival of the John Kander/Fred Ebb musical opened in 1996, plunged a big knife into a sheet cake “decorated with a classic ‘Chicago’ image of a sexy murderess” for the occasion at intermission Friday, according to the AP.
     
    But since Irene has closed down Broadway, “Chicago” won’t be able to give its record-breaking show until Monday night.
     
    The three Broadway spectacles with even longer runs were all imported from Britain: “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and “Les Miserables.”
     
    Selected Reading: AP