A Musical Vaudeville

46th Street Theatre, (6/03/1975 - 8/27/1977)

First Preview: May 12, 1975
Opening Date: Jun 03, 1975
Closing Date: Aug 27, 1977
Total Previews: 24
Total Performances: 936

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: Chicago, Illinois. The late 1920s.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Coronet Theatre Corporation (Lester Osterman and Richard Horner)

Produced by Robert Fryer and James Cresson; Produced in association with Martin Richards, Joseph Harris and Ira Bernstein

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb; Based on the play "Chicago" by Maurine Dallas Watkins; Musical Director: Stanley Lebowsky; Music orchestrated by Ralph Burns; Dance arrangements by Peter Howard

Directed by Bob Fosse; Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Scenic Design by Tony Walton; Costume Design by Patricia Zipprodt; Lighting Design by Jules Fisher; Sound Design by Abe Jacob; Hair Design by Romaine Green

General Manager: Joseph Harris and Ira Bernstein; Associate to General Managers: Nancy Simmons; Managerial Associate: Frank Scardino

Production Stage Manager: Phil Friedman; Stage Manager: Robert Corpora and Paul Phillips

Music Contractor: Mel Rodnon; Music Preparation: Mathilde Pincus and Al Miller

General Press Representative: The Merlin Group, Ltd.; Dance Captain: Graciela Daniele; Casting Consultant: Michael Shurtleff; Artwork logo by Tony Walton; Advertising: The Blaine Thompson Company

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Opening Night Cast

Jerry OrbachBilly Flynn
Chita RiveraVelma Kelly
Gwen VerdonRoxie Hart
Barney MartinAmos Hart
Mary McCartyMatron
M. O'HaugheyMary Sunshine
Candy BrownJune
Hank BrunjesDance Alternate
Christopher ChadmanFred Casely
Cheryl ClarkLiz
Graciela DanieleHunyak
Gene FooteAaron
Gary GendellCourt Clerk
Richard KorthazeSergeant Fogarty
Michon PeacockAnnie
Charlene RyanGo-To-Hell-Kitty
Ron SchwinnJudge
Paul SolenHarry
Pamela SousaMona
Monica TillerDance Alternate
Michael VitaMartin Harrison

Standby: Marsha Bagwell (Mary Sunshine, Matron) and Lenora Nemetz (Roxie Hart)

Understudies: Richard Korthaze (Amos Hart) and Michon Peacock (Velma Kelly)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1976 Best Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Robert Fryer and James Cresson

 1976 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

 1976 Best Original Score [nominee] 

Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

 1976 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jerry Orbach

 1976 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Chita Rivera

 1976 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Gwen Verdon

 1976 Best Scenic Design [nominee] 

Tony Walton

 1976 Best Costume Design [nominee] 

Patricia Zipprodt

 1976 Best Lighting Design [nominee] 

Jules Fisher

 1976 Best Choreography [nominee] 

Bob Fosse

 1976 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Bob Fosse

Drama Desk Award

 1976 Outstanding Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Jerry Orbach

winner 1976 Outstanding Lighting Design [winner] 

Jules Fisher


music by John Kander; lyrics by Fred Ebb

ACT 1 Sung By
All That JazzVelma Kelly and Company
Funny HoneyRoxie Hart
Cell Block TangoVelma Kelly and the Girls
When You're Good To MamaMatron
Tap DanceRoxie Hart, Amos Hart and Boys
All I Care AboutBilly Flynn and Girls
A Little Bit of GoodMary Sunshine
We Both Reached For The GunBilly Flynn, Roxie Hart, Mary Sunshine and Company
RoxieRoxie Hart and Boys
I Can't Do It AloneVelma Kelly
Chicago After MidnightThe Band
My Own Best FriendRoxie Hart and Velma Kelly
ACT 2 Sung By
I Know a GirlVelma Kelly
Me and My BabyRoxie Hart and Boys
Mister CellophaneAmos Hart
When Velma Takes the StandVelma Kelly and Boys
Razzle DazzleBilly Flynn and Company
ClassVelma Kelly and Matron
NowadaysRoxie Hart
Nowadays (Reprise) Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly
R.S.V.P.Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly
Keep It HotRoxie Hart and Velma Kelly

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

46th Street Theatre

(6/3/1975 - 8/27/1977)
Stage Manager: Craig Jacobs(1976 - 1977).


Mace Barrett
Joan Bell
Annie (May 10, 1976 - ?)
Jeremy Blanton
Sandra Brewer
Karen G. Burke
Georgia Creighton
Matron (Jul 1977 - ?)
Rex Everhart
Amos Hart (Feb 20, 1976 - ?)
Carla Farnsworth
Fern Fitzgerald
Gary Gendell
Fred Casely
Laurent Giroux
Richard Korthaze
Amos Hart (Aug 1977 - ?)
David Kottke
Debra Lyman
Peter Marinos
Mary Sunshine (May 17, 1976 - ?)
Mary Sunshine (Jun 6, 1977 - ?)
Ross Miles
Court Clerk
Liza Minnelli
Roxie Hart (Aug 8, 1975 - Sep 13, 1975)
Sally Neal
Lenora Nemetz
Roxie Hart (Jul 30, 1975 - ?)
Velma Kelly (Jul 28, 1976 - ?)
Gena Ramsel
Alaina Reed
Matron (Jan 10, 1977 - Jul 13, 1977)
Ann Reinking
Roxie Hart (Feb 7, 1977 - Aug 27, 1977)
Ron Schwinn
Candace Tovar
Gwen Verdon
Roxie Hart (Sep 15, 1975 - ?)
Jerry Yoder
Martin Harrison

Standbys: Elaine Cancilla (Velma Kelly), Steve Elmore (Billy Flynn), Peter Marinos (Mary Sunshine), Candace Tovar (Roxie Hart).

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