Lumiere Reader: "One of the highlights of the year ... An explosion of sex and spectacle, Michael Hurst's production turns a musical that maybe isn't as great as its reputation into one of the best two and a half hours of the year".
NZ Herald: "With this fabulous, fast-tempoed spectacle of sizzle and sass, Michael Hurst once again proves himself an exceptional director of musical theatre, an auteur of clever, sexy noir with strong conceptual vision and stylistic flourish".
Theatreview: "Michael Hurst's inspiring take on the classic musical is daring, fresh, dynamic, and bristling with sexual energy. ... world-class production ... go see it".
Theatre Scenes: "If you think you know Chicago, leave your expectations at the theatre door. The stockings haven't just been rolled down, they've been ripped completely off in this down and dirty, hyper-sexualized re-imagining of the Kander and Ebb musical from the warped mind of virtuoso Michael Hurst ... If this triumphant production played in the main theatre centres of the world, I suspect it would be heralded as a major new revival. Hurst plays fast and loose, allowing us to discover a Chicago that is immediate and cynical. More importantly: it is startlingly entertaining".
Lumiere Reader: "Go and see Chicago. It's the most fun I've had in a theatre in a long time, and is easily the best musical I've seen all year".
TV3: "Auckland Theatre Company's reimagining of the Broadway classic ... is executed with director Michael Hurst's trademark flair. ... Hurst has taken the much-loved story and injected it with that winning trifecta: sex, drugs and rock 'n roll".
Metro: "Director Michael Hurst has modernised and re-interpreted this seminal work. ... Shona McCullagh's choreography is demanding and glorious. ... A ticket to this vibrant, take-no-prisoners and cheering show ... is a worthwhile extravagence".
Listener: "Director Michael Hurst and his team of collaborators bring bucketloads of the old razzle-dazzle".
NBR: "Director Michael Hurst knows how to use actors and dancers to great effect and has created a scintillating show of sexual beauty, energy and tension".
Gay Express: "Directed by Michael Hurst, Chicago is easily ATC's best show since Hurst's 2010 Cabaret. ... There's a big buzz around this show at the moment and it's completely justified".
Keeping Up with New Zealand: "it's easy to be carried along with the Chicago madness with lots of whoops, cheers and gasps bounded around the theatre ... Congratulations have to go to Michael Hurst for creating this sexy spectacle of murder, money and media manipulation".
Stuff: "it's bloody good fun ... the show is edge-of-your-seat-tapping-your-leg good times from start to finish. Go see it".
Diversions: "This production has taken the story to a whole new level, it's unforgettable and breathlessly amazing ... ".