It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. The current revival of “Chicago,” unlike the underdog original version of the 1975 Broadway season, is now the longest running American musical on the Great White Way.
“The show was too far ahead of popular culture for it to succeed when it was first produced,” says Charlotte Canning, director of the Oscar G. Brockett Center for Theatre History and Criticism at the University of Texas. “Its original run was not stellar, although respectable. It didn’t really enter the public consciousness — as speaking to a moment — until the 1996 revival, which led to the film and the live show as a (touring) staple.”
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When: 8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday
Where: Bass Concert Hall, 2300 Robert Dedman Drive
Cost: $25 to $85.
Information: 512-471-1444; austin.broadway.com