James Naughton, Ann Reinking, Walter Bobbie and Bebe Neuwirth - Photographs from a curtain call as the musical 'Chicago' became the second longest running Broadway show in history at the Ambassador Theatre in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 23rd November 2014
Reinking, who also choreographed the musical, took centre stage as Roxie Hart when it first opened in May, 1996, alongside Neuwirth as Velma Kelly, Joel Grey as Amos Hart and James Naughton in the role of Billy Flynn.
Now all four original stars will return to the Great White Way for cameos on 23 November (14) for a special performance to mark the theatre record.
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Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera and Ann Reinking - Bebe Neuwirth, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Chita Rivera & Ann Reinking New York City, USA New York City, USA - backstage after Chita Rivera's Opening Night performance of her New Show at Feinstein's Nightclub at the Loews Regency Hotel. Tuesday 6th November 2007
Epic musical Chicago became the longest-running revival in Broadway history yesterday (15NOV06) when the show celebrated its 10th anniversary.
The milestone was marked with a star-studded New York gala at the Ambassador Theatre drawing together stars from its long stage history.
Among the ROXIE HART actresses were Ann Reinking, who opened the revival in 1996, Brooke Shields, Ashlee Simpson and Rita Wilson.
Producer BARRY WEISSLER said, "This is a cast made in theatrical heaven."
His wife and co-producer FRAN WEISSLER added, "Except for giving birth, it's is the most exciting night of my life."
Among the event's highlights was Chita Rivera's rendition of Chicago's showstopping number All That Jazz. Rivera first sang the signature song in the original 1975 production of the show.
The original stars of long-running Broadway, New York musical revival Chicago will reunite onstage for a special 10th anniversary performance of the show on 14 November (06).
Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey and MARCIA LEWIS have all agreed to reprise the characters they helped make famous years before Chicago became a movie project, starring Renee Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
The production has played over 4,500 performances in New York and has become the longest-running revival of a book musical in Broadway history.
Chicago currently stars Rita Wilson and BRANDA BRAXTON.
On the surface, the movie is the autobiographical story of Fosse going through a physical/emotional breakdown during the making of the original stage version of Chicago in the mid-1970s. Roy Scheider plays the Fosse stand-in, Joe Gideon, as a pill-popping, compulsively womanizing, perfectionist, son of a bitch who finds happiness only in his work. But Fosse rips apart the standard showbiz puff piece right from the start, by dropping viewers right into the frenzied mess of Gideon's life, and mixing up the already-fractured storyline with a recurring sequence where Gideon talks over his life with a glowing, radiant Muse figure (Jessica Lange).
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I'm currently in the same mental hell over Micki & Maude, Blake Edwards' 1984 alleged comedy. The remote control was right beside me, the stop button sending out its siren call, begging me to push it. And I did nothing. For two hours I watched an awful movie with as much laughs as a funeral home Christmas party. And I did nothing.
Continue reading: Micki & Maude Review
Oddly enough, the songs are the only memorable parts of Annie, the lavish 1982 John Huston musical. Six-year-olds who see the movie now are sure to disagree, which is the way it should be.
Continue reading: Annie Review