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Chicago To Become 2nd Longest Running Show In Broadway History

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Patti LuPone FANatic
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Awesome!
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Very cool!
I can't even! Ughh! Don't you...don't you understand? I'M IN TECH!!!
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Jingjo2
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If I were Cats, i would open at the winter garden this october and let Chicago play catch up.
Just to piss it off. Even tho I hate cats.
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If CATS were to re-open at the Winter Garden it would be a revival so all of its long-running credentials from its original run wouldn't qualify at all. A revival would qualify as a completely new run/production.
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evic
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No other show will catch up to Phantom, but it's great that an outstanding American show will overtake the awful British POS that is Cats. In another 10 years, Wicked will be number 2. I don't think that Mormon will run that long though. Unbelievable that Mama Mia is still running and may be in the top 5 if the tourists still want to see it.
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ray-andallthatjazz86
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So happy for CHICAGO, what an achievement! I can't imagine anyone involved with the production at Encores! thought it'd become such a landmark. How I wish I had been there for that now-legendary Encores! run. Reinking, Bobbie, the Weisslers, and the original cast all deserve major kudos. Wonder if they'll do something special that night.
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Why are they announcing this so far out? It's 3 months away.
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JBradshaw
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It'd be nice if they did another "Fan Day" performance w free tickets like they did a few years ago
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I agree that another Fan Day would be far out. But, I get the sense that the Weisslers don't part with money that easily.
Susan Haskins (Theatre Talk): "I love children. That's why I work with Michael (Riedel)."
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This is one show I hope never closes. It brings me such joy every time I see it. Even if I do want a new Velma
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CATSNYrevival
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I shouldn't care so much but I'm a little bummed. I do enjoy Chicago though so it's not too bad. They do need to get a new Velma though. I agree with that.
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I am glad that an American show has taken the number two spot. However, I wish that the upkeep of the show was better. I saw it a couple of weeks ago with some family visiting out of town. I hadn't seen it since a few years ago, but I walked away feeling that it would be an understatement to say that the ensemble was phoning it in.
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ljay889
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Didn't they JUST hire a few new ensemble members?
#sadandtransparent
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If I were Cats, i would open at the winter garden this october and let Chicago play catch up.
Just to piss it off. Even tho I hate cats.


It doesn't work that way, as BrodyFosse123 pointed out. Otherwise, with Chicago, they would also include the 936 performances (2 years) from the original run. It's not like movies, where grosses from the re-issues are added to the original theatrical run..
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You're right Ljay. There have been a number of new ensemble members, male and female. Most recently, Ryan Worsing has left. Nicole Bridgewater (seems to be) is gone too. Obviously, there are those who feel that a new "Velma" is necessary. I quite agree with that.
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@ljay889

I do believe your right. But, I think that what needs to be done with this show is to have the same thing done to it as Les Miserables in the 90's. Cameron didn't think that the cast was on par as to what it should have been, fired practically all of the cast and made them audition again for their roles. Thus, giving the entire cast a complete over haul. While I think that it's nice that they have added a few ensemble members (and I noticed that when I saw the show) There were still people there who had been there for what seems like the beginning. And, to be honest with you, the ones who are phoning it in stick out like sore thumbs over the ones that are giving it their all. It's sad for what was once a good production of a great show.
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"In another 10 years, Wicked will be number 2."

Until Chicago closes Wicked can only reach number 4, since you still have The Lion King trailing behind Chicago, which opened a number of years before Wicked and is showing absolutely no sign of slowing down.
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Proving, once again, that Walter Bobbie is the luckiest man on earth.
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Patti LuPone FANatic
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Just curious, but how much directorial control does Walter Bobbie have with the current show running?
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theatregeek6
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I used to love the show but Amra Fay has killed it. How about a stunning
Velma for the event? No one famous, but someone awesome
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ljay889
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I know as recent as the mid 00's that Bobbie and Reinking still rehearsed several new cast members, especially the "stars."
#sadandtransparent
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Musical Master
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Is it my imagination or is CHICAGO running out of steam?
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ACL2006
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CHICAGO needs to clean house to bring some much needed fresh energy into the show. It's a great show, but some of these cast members are just collecting a paycheck.
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