Arizona Broadway Theatre had been waiting to produce the iconic musical Chicago since the theatre opened in 2005. In March of 2020, ABT finally opened the classic musical to sold-out audiences and projected the production would be the most popular in ABT history.
Unfortunately, after only four performances, the musical was suddenly shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cast and crew were sent home, the costumes were packed away, and the ghost light was set on the stage with the Chicago set to wait until the show could, hopefully, one day be back.
Good things come to those who wait.
Arizona Broadway Theatre announced that Chicago will return to the ABT stage this fall. The production will return Sept. 19, after 553 days of closure since the run was cut short last year.
It will run through Oct. 30.
Opening night will, unconventionally, take place on a Sunday night, ensuring the audience who were present when the final Sunday evening performance was suddenly cancelled would be the first to see the curtain rise again.
“We are tremendously grateful to our ABT family for standing by us during this incredibly long intermission,” said Kiel and Cassandra Klaphake, co-founders of ABT. “Only with their patience and support are we able to bring the full magic of this iconic musical back to the stage.”
Tickets for Chicago will be available for purchase later in the year.
ABT is currently producing shows with smaller cast sizes and have implemented COVID-19 safety precautions for patrons and staff.
This season’s line-up includes Nunsense (through May 16), Godspell (May 21-June 13), Gilligan’s Island (June 18-July 11), Little Shop of Horrors (July 16-August 08), and The Spitfire Grill (August 13- September 5).