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Photo Coverage: Chicago Gala Curtain Call and Party

The revival of Chicago celebrated its 10th year on Broadway in a star-studded gala event on Tuesday, November 14th at the Ambassador Theatre.

The original stars of the revival, Ann Reinking, Bebe Neuwirth, James Naughton, Joel Grey, Marcia Lewis and D. Sabella joined over 30 star alumni, including Brooke Shields, Chita Rivera, Melanie Griffith, John O'Hurley, Kevin Richardson, and AshLee Simpson, in a special one-night-only performance of the show. The evening benefited Safe Horizon, which provides support, prevents violence and promotes justice for victims of crimes and abuse, their families and communities.

Chicago, which opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on November 14th, 1996, has reached a run of 4,163 performances at the Ambassador Theatre (215 W. 49th St.). Chicagowhich concerns the rise and rivalry of two murderous chorines, received 6 1997 Tonys (including Best Revival of a Musical) under the direction of Walter Bobbie and the choreography of star Ann Reinking. The revival, based on Bobbie's stylistically stripped-down Encores! staging, featured direction and choreography by Bob Fosse in its original 1975 production. Chicago features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, and a book by Ebb and Bob Fosse.  Barry and Fran Weissler are the show's producers.

For more information on Chicago, visit www.chicagothemusical.com. For tickets, call Telecharge at 212 239 6200, or visit www.telecharge.com.  Visit www.safehorizon.com for more on Safe Horizon.

Photos by Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.


Melanie Griffith, Walter Bobbie and Brooke Shields


Melanie Griffith, Walter Bobbie and Brooke Shields


Brooke Shields, Joel Grey and Melanie Griffith


Ann Reinking, Chita Rivera, Joel Grey, Bebe Neuwirth and Walter Bobbie


A line-up of Roxies: AshLee Simpson, Bianca Marroquin, Karen Ziemba, Melanie Griffith, Brooke Shields, Charlotte d'Amboise and Rita Wilson


Melanie Griffith


Kevin Richardson

 
Brooke Shields


AshLee Simpson


Rita Wilson


Antonio Banderas


Antonio Banderas


Brent Barrett


Wayne Brady


Lynda Carter


Kevin Chamberlin


Rita Wilson


Melanie Griffith


Melanie Griffith


Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera


Melanie Griffith, Antonio Banderas and Chita Rivera


Marilu Henner


Marilu Henner and boyfriend


Marcia Lewis


Christopher McDonald and guest


Christopher McDonald


Caroline O'Connor


John O'Hurley and Marilu Henner


Marilu Henner and John O'Hurley


Patrick Page


Paige Davis and Patrick Page


Chita Rivera and daughter Lisa Mordente


Chita Rivera


Thom Filicia


Ben Vereen


Ben Vereen


Fran Weissler


B.D. Wong and Stephanie March


Carol Woods

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Walter McBride As a 14 year old youth, Walter was transfixed by his first Broadway Show, the original production of 'GREASE'. His Journey to celebrity photojournalism began that fateful night. Meeting, photographing and getting to know the cast inspired him to spend his professional life doing what he loved. Walter moved to Manhattan and for a leading role as a Photographer & Photo Researcher. Currently headlining in New Jersey with his partner Richard and family members Dali (Jack Russell) & Gala (Schnoodle). Recently he made his Broadway debut sharing the stage with Hugh Jackman in 'Hugh Jackman on Broadway' as well as receiving the Actors' Equity Association Gypsy Spirit Award. Walter McBride Photography is syndicated worldwide by Corbis/AP.


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