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The Ultimate Broadway Experience – CHICAGO Coming To Abu Dhabi In September

CHICAGO is set to razzle-dazzle UAE audiences at Etihad Arena, Yas Island for a strictly limited season from 12-22 September 2024. Pre-sale tickets will go on sale Thursday 2 May for those who registered only, with general on-sale tickets on Monday 6 May.

Proactiv Entertainment has partnered up with the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and Miral, the leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences in Abu Dhabi, to bring Broadway’s second longest running musical, CHICAGO, to the capital.

Described as “The most exciting musical of its generation” by The Times, CHICAGO is still the one musical with everything that makes Broadway shimmy-shake, even after 27 years from its debut, and now it’s set to bring the glitz, glamour, and All That Jazz to Abu Dhabi.

In a city where jazz rules the night and fame is the ultimate currency, CHICAGO tells a tantalizing tale of passion, murder, greed, betrayal, and redemption through the journey of two fiercely competitive women – aspiring jazz performer, Roxie Hart and former vaudeville / double-murderess, Velma Kelly.

Since its premiere on Broadway New York 27 years ago, CHICAGO has played in major cities around the world, such as London (West End), Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul, Paris, Berlin, and Madrid.

The musical’s sultry and sassy score includes “All That Jazz”, “Cell Block Tango”, and “Razzle Dazzle”, with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy, and countless standing ovations. CHICAGO, which is based on the 1926 play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, has a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. The 1996 Broadway revival of CHICAGO is choreographed by Tony Award winner Ann Reinking in the style of Bob Fosse and is directed by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. CHICAGO features set design by John Lee Beatty, costume design by William Ivey Long, lighting design by Tony Award winner Ken Billington and sound design by Scott Lehrer. CHICAGO on Broadway is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

Nicolas Renna, Chief Executive Officer at Proactiv Entertainment, expressed his excitement, stating, “We are thrilled to bring the classic and timeless production of CHICAGO to Abu Dhabi. This is one of the most successful and most loved musicals out there. You haven’t experienced Broadway until you’ve seen CHICAGO!”

Nicolas Renna continued, “Introducing this remarkable production builds upon the resounding success of past shows we’ve presented, such as The Lion King in 2022 and Hamilton in 2024. This represents another significant milestone for the UAE’s flourishing theater community, underscoring its continuous growth and evolution.”

Broadway producers Barry & Fran Weissler have said , “We are thrilled to be bringing CHICAGO to Abu Dhabi. The show continues to be as fresh, vibrant and relevant as the day we opened on Broadway. The legendary John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse created a near perfect musical. Whether you are a seasoned theatergoer or a first-timer, CHICAGO delivers must see entertainment.”

David Ian for Crossroads Live said ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be bringing one of the best musicals of all time to Abu Dhabi. With this wonderful cast and orchestra, UAE audiences are in for a real treat’.

Pre-sale registration is now available through etihadarena.ae and platinumlist.net, with pre-sale tickets going on sale Thursday 2 May.

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