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Chicago - Full Length Musical, Comedy


Fred Ebb, Bob Fosse, John Kander, Maurine Dallas Watkins

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Full Length Musical, Comedy

9m, 10f

ISBN: 9780573700521

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins
Script adaptation by David Thompson

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Full Length Musical


120 minutes (2 hours)

Time Period - 1920s

Settings Of Play - Chicago, Illinois. The late 1920s.


Competition or audition material

Unit Set/Multiple Settings

Period Costumes


Alcohol, Gun Shots, Strong Language, Mild Adult Themes


Adult, Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Community Theatre, Dinner Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage


Tony, From Broadway

NOMINEE! 1975 Tony Awards for including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score.
WINNER! 1997 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.

In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband Amos to take the rap...until he finds out he's been duped and turns on Roxie. Convicted and sent to death row, Roxie and another "Merry Murderess" Velma Kelly, vie for the spotlight and the headlines, ultimately joining forces in search of the "American Dream": fame, fortune and acquittal. This sharp edged satire features a dazzling score that sparked immortal staging by Bob Fosse.


 “Fosse’s best work, uncompromising and with real strength showing in every idea and image.” - Newsweek

Chicago first opened on Broadway at the 46th Street Theatre in New York City on June 3, 1975. It was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.


9m, 10f


Non-Traditional casting, Flexible casting, Local Celebrity Cameo, Room for Extras, Strong Role for Leading Man (Star Vehicle), Strong Role for Leading Woman (Star Vehicle)



VELMA KELLY: Female, 25-40 (Range: Alto, E3-D5)
Vaudville performer who is accused of murdering her sister and husband. Hardened by fame, she cares for no one but herself and her attempt to get away with murder.

ROXIE HART: Female, 20-30 (Range: Mezzo-Soprano, F3-B4)
Reads and keeps up with murder trials in Chicago, and follows suit by murdering her lover, Fred Casely. She stops at nothing to render a media storm with one goal: to get away with it.

FRED CASELY: Male, 30-50 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Roxie’s short lived lover. Murdered for trying to leave Roxie.

SERGEANT FOGARTY: Male, 35-55 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Assigned to Roxie’s case. After asking the right questions, he manages to get Roxie to confess.

AMOS HART: Male, 30-50 (Range: Baritone, C3-F#4)
Roxie’s faithful husband. Lies for her and tries to take the blame until he realizes that he has been two-timed by Roxie. Still in love with her, or misguided, he believes anything she says in her pursuit to get out of jail.

LIZ: Female, 18-45 (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Prisoner at Cook County Jail. She is imprisoned after shooting two warning shots into her husband’s head.

ANNIE: Female, 18-45 (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Prisoner at the Cook County Jail. Murder’s her lover after finding out he already has six wives. “One of those Mormons, ya’ know.”

JUNE: Female, 18-45 (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Prisoner at Cook County Jail. After her husband accuses her of screwing the milk man, he mysteriously runs into her knife ten times.

HUNYAK: Female, 25-45 (Range: Non-Singing Role)
Hungarian Prisoner at Cook County Jail. The only English she speaks is the phase, “Not Guilty.” Which follows her to her grave.

MONA: Female, 18-45 (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Prisoner at Cook County Jail. Murders her lover after he has a round of affairs with other woman, and an occasional man. I guess you could say it was “artistic differences.”

MARTIN HARRISON: Male, 35-55 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Ensemble member who doubles as the Master of Ceremonies at times.

MATRON "MAMA" MORTON: Female, 30-50 (Range: Alto, F#3-Bb4)
Leader of the prisoners of Cook County Jail. The total essence of corruption. Accepts bribes for favors from laundry service to making calls to lawyers. “When you’re good to Moma, Moma’s good to you.”

BILLY FLYNN: Male, 35-50 (Range: Baritone Bb2-G4)
Established lawyer who hasn’t lost a woman’s case yet. Master of media manipulation who will get a girl off the hook as long as she can fork up the hefty $5,000 fee.

MARY SUNSHINE: Female, 25-55 (Range: Soprano, Bb3-Bb5)
Sob sister reporter from the Evening Star. Believes there is a little bit of good in everyone and will believe anything she is fed that matches her beliefs.

GO-TO-HELL-KITTY: Female, 21-40 (Range: Ensemble, A3-C#5)
Steals the spotlight when she Murders her husband along with three other woman. Her crimes are labeled “Lake Shore Drive Massacre.”

HARRY: (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Murdered by Go-To-Hell Kitty for sleeping around with three women behind her back.

AARON: (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Court appointed lawyer for Hunyak. He tries to get her to confess to speed along the trial.

JUDGE: Male, 40-65 (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Judge overseeing Roxie’s Trial.

COURT CLERK: (Range: Ensemble/Part Flexible)
Swears people in with their hand on the bible. “Blah, Blah, Truth, Truth. Selp-you God.”


Rental Materials




Classic Broadway, Jazz



2 Conductor/Rehearsal Piano Scores
20 Chorus Books

Reed I (Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano & Alto Saxophones)
Reed II (Piccolo, Clarinet, Soprano & Tenor Saxophones)
Reed III (Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano, Tenor & Baritone Saxophones)
Trumpets I & II (2 Books)
Trombone I
Trombone II
Percussion (Snare Drum, 3 Toms [High, Med., Low-Floor], Bass Drum, Crash Cymbal, Ride Cymbal, Splash Cymbal, Hi Hats, Xylophone [2 notes: F & G], Orchestra Bells or Glockenspiel, NBC Chimes [quasi Vibraphone], Temple Blocks, Cow Bell, Triangle, Tambourine, Castanet Machine, Wood Block, Ratchet, Pop Gun, Siren Whistle [Acme], Slide Whistle, Bike Horn, Clank [Metallic])
Keyboard I (Piano, Harmonium)
Keyboard II (Piano, Accordion)
Song Samples

All That Jazz

Funny Honey

The Cell Block Tango

When You're Good to Momma

All I Care About

A Little Bit of Good

We Both Reached for the Gun


I Can't Do It Alone

My Own Best Friend

Mr. Cellophane

When Velma Takes the Stand

Razzle Dazzle



  • Original 1975 Broadway Commercial

  • 1976 Tony Awards-Original Broadway Company

  • Original Broadway Company-1975

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb

Fred Ebb (1928 – 2004) won Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Kennedy Center Honors Lifetime Achievement Awards for his work as a writer, director and composer. His collaborations with John Kander, Bob Fosse, Judy Garland, Barbara Streisand and Liza Minnelli made him a legend in the New York theater community. Mr. Kander and Mr.Ebb wrote and made famous the city’s unofficial theme song “New York, New York.” ... view full profile

Bob Fosse

Bob Fosse

Robert Louis Fosse was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 23, 1927. Fosse took an early interest in dance, displaying unusual skill. His parents supported his interest, enrolling him in formal dance training. By his early teens, Fosse was dancing professionally in local nightclubs. It was here that he was first exposed to the themes of vaudeville and burlesque performance. Fosse enlisted in the ... view full profile

John Kander

John Kander

John Harold Kander was born on March 18, 1927 in Kansas City, Missouri to Harold and Berenice (Aaron) Kander. He was exposed to music at an early age. Kander believed that a bout of tuberculosis as a baby, which had kept him isolated from other people, had actually helped him develop his sense of sound. At age six he began taking piano lessons from a woman in the neighborhood. Kander spent many ... view full profile

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Shaelee St-Marseille 5/27/2016 7:48 AM
Megan McQueen 5/30/2015 10:43 AM
This CHICAGO is not the 1975 original.  It is an updated edition based on the 1996 Broadway revival.  There are significant cuts to the dialogue.  The opening of the script specifies each actor's track, as produced in the revival.  All ensemble lines are consequently attributed to individual tracks so that much of the work has already been done.
Rabbi Moshe Rothblum 4/29/2015 8:59 PM
Chicago is a great show with action, drama, a little sentimentality and great songs.

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