An Evening On Broadway: Seeing Chicago In New York City

February 18, 2013

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Since my first captivating experience at a matinee of Jekyll & Hyde in 2001, I’ve been fortunate enough to see four Broadway productions. If I still lived in New York I’m sure I’d be attending shows constantly because I enjoy them so much. I love the music, the singing and dancing, the costumes and the stories, and few places in the world can boast the sheer concentration of talented actors and world-class theatres possessed by New York City.

During our latest stay in New York we had the pleasure of being guests of The Broadway Collection, a selection of both new and classic musicals that represent “simply the best that Broadway has to offer.” These shows are tremendously popular with international audiences and, of course, at home as well.

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Times Square, New York City: home of Broadway’s best

We elected to see Chicago, which is the longest running American musical in history and the third longest running on Broadway. Despite being based on a 1926 play written by Maurine Dallas Watkins, Chicago never feels dated. Featuring black comedy and clever satire, along with contemporary dance, the story takes the audience to the 1920s when aspiring starlet Roxy Hart (played by Amy Spanger) goes on trial for her life after gunning down her lover. Well-known hits like “All That Jazz” and “Razzle Dazzle” tell not only Roxy’s story but also those of her fellow inmates. Her co-star, Velma Kelly, was played by Amra-Faye Wright, who has been playing her role worldwide since 2001.

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We had amazing orchestra seats in the beautiful Ambassador Theater and really enjoyed the performance. In particular I liked the way the orchestra was positioned on the stage with the actors on a tiered set piece, as well as the way all the actors were always on stage, even if just sitting in the background. Everyone had different roles to play and the supporting cast members are just as interesting as the leads. Even for a piece set in the 1920s, Chicago‘s subject matter is certainly not out of date, exploring the delicate interplay between celebrity, crime, politics, corruption, fame and the media.

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Everyone planning a trip to NYC should get tickets to a Broadway show. The best way to be sure you experience the performance you want to see (and in the best seats) and to avoid hassles is to purchase tickets before arriving in New York. A great way to do this is through a tour operator:

• Attraction World (
• Attraction Tickets Direct (
• TUI Travel (
• Virgin Holidays (
• Titan Travel (

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If you’re already in the United States, Broadway tickets can also be booked through and Ticketmaster. And be sure to check in with The Broadway Collection to get information on their current shows.

The Broadway Collection hosted our Chicago experience but all opinions are our own.

Have you been to a Broadway show? What did you think?

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  1. Comment by memographer

    memographer Reply February 18, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Chicago is fun! Great choice! Love your night shots of NYC.
    For some timing issues I have never been to a Broadway show… Every time I visit NYC I plan my “Broadway Night” and can’t get there…. too sad :(

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 18, 2013 at 5:57 pm

      Oh no! That must be rectified…promise me you’ll go next time? Book your tickets in advance so you have no excuse =)

  2. Comment by Emma

    Emma Reply February 18, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Saw Chicago on Broadway on my Honeymoon :)
    Unfortunately illness and jet lag meant I kept falling asleep, despite the live Jazz band belting out the hits about 10 metres in front of me! But it was great, loved the bits I saw!

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 18, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      That happened to my father when I took him to Phantom of the Opera. I kept having to wake him up because he was snoring!

  3. Comment by Nicole @ Suitcase Stories

    Nicole @ Suitcase Stories Reply February 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Ive only seen 1 broadway show (and it wasn’t Chicago but thats on the list!) and I loved it! We are heading back to NY in May and I am planning to see at least 2 shows while we are there. This post got me all excited about it! Thanks :)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

      That’s exciting, Nicole! I hope you have a great experience =)

  4. Comment by Jennifer

    Jennifer Reply February 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I love Chicago! I’ve seen it twice, once on Broadway and once in Las Vegas. And I absolutely agree that going to a Broadway show is quintessential NYC!

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 19, 2013 at 6:38 pm

      Had no idea Chicago was running in Vegas – they do everything down there now…

  5. Comment by Ali

    Ali Reply February 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve never been to a Broadway show before, but it definitely sounds like a great experience. I’ll add it to my list of to-dos for whenever we get back to NYC.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Yes, you must! =)

  6. Comment by Karla

    Karla Reply February 19, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    That is so great to hear! I haven’t seen Chicago but I will next time I go to NYC.

    The ones I’ve had the pleasure of seeing are: Phantom of the Opera (a classic) and the Sound of Music, loved them!

    I’ve recently been translating show descriptions and there are new ones I would love to see including the one Mrs Bette Midler will star in. Ah I forgot, Nathan Lane will also be in a show.

    Broadway is my next destination ;)

    Thank you for sharing! xo

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 19, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      I saw Phantom too. Have yet to see one with a major celebrity starring though – that would be great!

  7. Comment by The Guy

    The Guy Reply February 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Seeing a show is certainly a strongly encouraged thing to do when visiting New York. On my sole trip (so far) I bought tickets on the day from the discount ticket booths beside a hotel on the top of Broadway. I got tickets to Phantom of the Opera at half price. I don’t really like musicals yet I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 19, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      The discount ticket booths are great if you don’t mind what you see and in what seats — that’s the way we went for my first ever Broadway show. There are so many great shows that it’s a good bet just rockin’ up to the booth…

  8. Comment by Andi

    Andi Reply February 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

    I have always been obsessed with Broadway! LOVE Chicago!!! My favorite will always be the Phantom though.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 20, 2013 at 10:34 am

      Mine so far has been Avenue Q ;)

  9. Comment by Cathy Sweeney

    Cathy Sweeney Reply February 20, 2013 at 1:27 am

    I always make it a point to see a Broadway show when I’m in NYC. I prefer plays, but have seen a few great musicals, too. It’s always a thrill to go to the theater.

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 20, 2013 at 10:35 am

      I haven’t seen a play in NYC on Broadway but would love to. My other favourite is to go and hear classical music – the orchestra… I would also love to see a modern ballet there at some point. So much culture in NYC!

  10. Comment by D.J. - The World of Deej

    D.J. - The World of Deej Reply February 20, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    Cool experience….we are planning a blowout Broadway and dining trip to NYC this December!

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Oh fantastic! Enjoy =)

  11. Comment by Sarah Park

    Sarah Park Reply February 23, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    New York is also famous in Broadway shows. Chicago is a very good choice.

  12. Comment by Jess @UsedYorkCity

    Jess @UsedYorkCity Reply February 26, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    So glad you enjoyed it! When I used to teach theater, I had my students perform Razzle Dazzle, and it was one of the cutest dance numbers ever! Love Chicago!:-)

    • Comment by inspiringtravellers

      inspiringtravellers February 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm

      <3 Razzle Dazzle! =)

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