Chicago, The Musical
25 rue Mogador, 75009 Paris
Capacity : 1600 seats
2 hours 40 minutes
Songs in French and English
Suitable for all ages
French with English subtitles
This iconic Broadway classic will take you on a scandalously chic musical journey in one of Paris’ most iconic venues, famous for its Broadway-style musical productions. With jazzy musical numbers and choreography reminiscent of Paris' music halls, Chicago perfectly combines the Parisian cabaret and prohibition nightlife atmospheres, an irresistibly Parisian night out.
Parisian cabaret nightlife has nothing on the scandalous 1920s Chicago jazz scene! Be transported back to the Windy City in the roaring twenties, when cabaret singer Roxie is sent to prison for killing her lover. Incarcerated in the height of prohibition era, Roxie meets her idol Velma, both fellow murderess and jazz singer. The pair join forces with the coniving lawyer Billy Flynn and quickly plot to regain their freedom and rise to fame in the Chicago underground. Roxie and Velma are a double act of criminals and corruption, and all that jazz. Embark on an adventure as two vixens navigate tabloids and legal loopholes, all in the name of love and music. Celebrity, scandal, crime, and most of all music is at the heart of this spectacular show. The murderous duo that has delighted audiences and inspired an award-winning film finally reaches one of the most famous stages in the City of Lights, a must-see hit!
Great way to experience french theatre in amazing locations around Paris. Great experience. Highly recommend.
The evening was a terrific theatrical experience and one of the genuine highlights of our week in Paris.
Inspired by the English music hall style in 1919, it was originally named “Palace Theatre” in hopes to appeal to British soldiers during WWI. A few years later, it was renamed Théâtre Mogador after an old city in western Morocco and inaugurated by the then-future American president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. The theatre has been a venue dedicated to musical shows, gaining its fame with performances such as Sergei Diaghilev’s “Ballet Russes”, and operettas such as Mistinguett, one of France's most popular singers throughout the 1920s and 1930s. With its French charm, British playhouse architectural inspiration, and famous international shows, the Théâtre Mogador has been pleasing audiences for over a century.
Théâtre Mogador is right in the middle of the 9th arrondissement, where you can find also many bustling restaurants and bars, or explore the beautiful Parisian Passage des Panoramas.
The Théâtre Mogador is the place to see Broadway-esque renditions, and in the past has welcomed celebrated productions such as Cats, The Lion King, or Mamma Mia! The Théâtre Mogador is now a space that frequently welcomes classic Broadway shows with a French twist, perfect for a Parisian theatre night.
Handicap Accessible? Partially, please contact us to ensure proper seating in accessible areas
Air conditioning? Yes
Where will I be seated and will I see the subtitles properly?
There are three categories available, each of which provides a comfortable view of the subtitles. The theatre is an English style auditorium, which means that all seats face the stage in a horseshoe shape, and Theatre in Paris guests are centrally placed to have an optimal view of the stage and subtitles.
How do I get to the theatre?
The theatre is accessible by the metro stations Trinité d’Estienne d’Orves (Line 12) or Chaussée d’Antin La Fayette (Line 7, 9). Our hotline can be reached in case of difficulty finding the theatre weekdays from 10 am to 7pm Paris time. For details, we invite you to consult the map below.
What do I do when I get to the theatre?
We invite you to arrive 15 minutes before the beginning of the show, and present your voucher at the front desk. The theatre's English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.
Can I purchase a programme?
Tickets for Chicago do not include a programme. A programme in French is available for purchase at the theatre.
How different is the show from the ‘Chicago’ I know?
First of all, the show is performed in French! Furthermore, the Broadway-style shows at the Théâtre Mogador always feature a bit of a French twist. This Parisian production has added their expertise and a touch à la française to make this 1920s American show as unique as it is widely cherished, with many well-known refrains of the original songs in English to keep the show's unique charm.
How long does the show last?
The show lasts two hours and forty minutes, including one intermission.
Is it a show for travellers or French people?
Both! This French production of Chicago has many new aspects compared to the famous American musical, it’s the perfect choice for a French take on a famous American musical in one of France’s most iconic venues.
Subtitles or “surtitles”?
Surtitles (also called supertitles) are the theatre equivalent of subtitles. That’s because in French “sur” means “above”. At the Théâtre Mogador, the text is projected on the sides of the auditorium, above the stage. Read more about surtitles here.
Is tipping customary?
Tips are not mandatory in Parisian theatres. However, ushers will usually expect a small tip of between 2€ and 5€, which you can give them when they've shown you to your seat. Fun fact: the French word for “tip” is “pourboire,” which literally translates to “to have a drink.”