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Set in Chicago in the jazz age , the musical is based on a play of the same name by reporter Maurine Dallas Watkins , about actual criminals and the crimes on which she reported. The story is a satire on corruption in the administration of criminal justice and the concept of the "celebrity criminal". The original Broadway production opened in at the 46th Street Theatre  and ran for performances, until Bob Fosse choreographed the original production, and his style is strongly identified with the show. It debuted in the West End in , where it ran for performances. Chicago was revived on Broadway in , and a year later in the West End. The Broadway production holds the record as the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. It is the second longest-running show to ever run on Broadway , behind only The Phantom of the Opera. Chicago surpassed Cats on November 23, , when it played its 7,th performance.