The Captain has arrived! Chicago native and film star Billy Zane will play Captain von Trapp in Lyric's new production of The Sound of Music

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The Captain has arrived! The one, the only Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's smash hit Chicago, stars as Captain von Trapp in Lyric's brand-new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music (opening on April 25). 

A native of Chicago—he even graduated from Francis W. Parker School!—Zane has appeared in over 100 films, including Dead Calm, Back to the Future, Memphis Belle, Tombstone, Sniper, Zoolander, Orlando, and The Phantom. Among the many critically acclaimed independent films he has made, he produced and starred in the celebrated film noir classic This World, Then the Fireworks and the silent film I Woke Up Early the Day I Died,  which he produced with Muse Productions. He co-wrote, produced, and directed the French farce comedy Big Kiss, due for release next year.
 
On television, Zane appeared in David Lynch's groundbreaking series Twin Peaks, and he also stars in the upcoming Comedy Central series Checked Out from Workaholics creator Craig DiGregorio. In addition to his lauded appearance Broadway's Chicago, he starred in London in The Royal Haymarket Theatre's production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite the legendary Claire Bloom.

Beyond his acting, Zane is also a celebrated abstract expressionist painter. He began painting during his downtime while filming Titanic in Mexico (the shoot lasted 160 days!), and he has been active as an artist ever since. He has most recently seen extraordinary success with his solo exhibition, Seize The Day Bed, in Los Angeles and in London. He made his Art Basel debut in Miami with his Nowness exhibition in December 2013. Summer 2014 will see his new solo exhibition at the iconic Academia of Art in Monaco.

Zane is thrilled to be returning to his home town to star in The Sound of Music, and we are thrilled to have him join the stellar cast that includes Broadway stars Jenn Gambatese (Maria) and Edward Hibbert (Max), as well as opera luminaries Christine Brewer (Mother Abbess) and Elizabeth Futral (Elsa Schraeder).

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