Tuesday, November 16, 2021, Chicago, at the approach of its 10,000e performance on Broadway, celebrated 25 years of “Razzle Dazzle” with a special anniversary celebration. Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler, the iconic show won six Tony Awards in 1997, including Best Musical Coverage and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Recording. Over the past quarter of a century, the musical has been viewed in 36 different countries and by 33 million people around the world.
Beginning with a performance by the Brooklyn United Marching Band on the TKTS Red Steps in Duffy Square, Chicago was then honored with a special mayor’s proclamation, accepted by original cast Joel Gray, James Naughton and Bebe Neuwirth. Mayor-elect Eric Adams made a surprise appearance – his first at a Broadway show to thank audiences for returning to the theater.
The evening also included a star-studded red carpet at the Ambassador Theater, which was lit red for the occasion, featuring members of the original Broadway cast, current Broadway cast and other acclaimed stars. Additionally, there was a tribute to Ann Reinking, the original choreographer who also starred as Roxie Hart in the 1996 production, with a video and special presentation of the former Chicago star Charlotte D’Amboise.
The key moments and the stars of the celebration have been captured in the photographs below by Daniel Rader:
All spectators must wear a properly fitted mask over their nose and mouth in the theater, except when eating or drinking in designated areas. Anyone 12 years of age and older must be fully vaccinated with an FDA or WHO-approved vaccine and show proof to attend a show. Children between the ages of 5 and 11 should be vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO or test negative. Children under the age of 5 and people with a health condition or an intimate religious belief that prevents vaccination may present evidence of a negative COVID-19 test. Anyone 18 years of age or older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. Children under 18 can also present a school ID, birth certificate or social security card (photo not required), and children under 12 must be accompanied by a qualifying adult above.