It’s been all that jazz and more for 15 years now as “Chicago” celebrated its 15-year anniversary on Broadway this past Monday. The show is currently the fourth longest running show on Broadway with over 6,200 performances.

Former stars of the show are returning for a limited engagement in honor of the show’s big anniversary. John Hurley will star once again as Billy Flynn (Richard Gere, for those of you who don’t remember character names from the movie) and Charlotte D’Ambroise will play Roxie Hart (Renee Zellweger). D’Ambroise is a strong contender in Broadway Buzz’s poll for the favorite Roxie, with 9 percent of the votes (she’s beating Ashlee Simpson, if you can believe it). A new face, Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines, will star as Velma Kelly.

2011 has already been a big year for the show. In January they put on “Chicago Fan Day,” a show where they gave away all of a the performance’s tickets to fans for free. In March, they passed the record to become the fifth longest running show on Broadway. Just a few months later, they surpassed “A Chorus Line” to become the fourth. Now they’re at 15 years–a Broadway milestone.

While the fifteenth anniversary is a significant one on Broadway, a place where most shows are lucky to make it with a run lasting a year or two, “Chicago” still has quite a ways to go before topping the current record holder, the “Phantom of the Opera,” which is shortly closing in on 25 years on Broadway, closely followed by “Cats” and “Les Miserables.” “Chicago” is one of the most fun musicals on Broadway, so congrats to them and here’s to the next 15!

-Diana Pearl


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