Lyric Opera of Chicago

Lyric Lately

Lyric Libations: CAROUSEL

Get into the Carousel spirit—pun intended!—with these delightful cocktails inspired by your favorite characters and songs. These are the perfect drinks to have when the children are asleep. And no matter what Dr. Seldon says, it probably would be best to walk alone (and not drive alone) after having a few of these.

Get into the Carousel spirit—pun intended!—with these delightful cocktails inspired by your favorite characters and songs. These are the perfect drinks to have when the children are asleep. And no matter what Dr. Seldon says, it probably would be best to walk alone (and not drive alone) after having a few of these. Don't know which one is best for you? Take our "Which Carousel song are you?" quiz  to find out! 

Gin Is Bustin' Out All Over 

This summery drink will have you singing along with Nettie in no time. Fresh and alive and gay and young, this drink ​is a love song, sweetly sung. Perfect for your next clambake!

  • 1.5 oz honey
  • 9 oz gin
  • 9 oz dry reisling
  • 4.5 oz pineapple juice
  • 6 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 12 oz soda water
  • 1 lemon, cut into slices
  • 20 mint leaves

In a bowl, mix honey with 1.5 oz water until fully incorporated to make honey syrup. In a pitcher stir honey syrup and remaining ingredients until combined. Serve over ice.  (Recipe courtesy Self.com)

Jigger's Ginger Beer Brew 

You can sail away on the high seas like Jigger Craigin and his whaling friends with this rum-based cocktail. The apple juice makes you think it's not that dangerous, but like Mrs. Mullin says, watch out for Mr. Craigin. All of his friends seem to end up in jail…or worse.

  • 1.5 oz bourbon
  • 3/4 oz ginger beer
  • 3/4 oz apple juice
  • Ice 

Fill a rocks glass with ice. In a shaker, add ice, Makers Mark, ginger beer and apple juice. Shake and strain into the glass. (Recipe courtesy sailingworld.com

The Billy Bigelow 

What does an out-of-work carousel barker drink after staying out all night with his no-good buddies? Another drink, of course! This beer-based cocktail wakes you up with lime and spice, with just enough of hair of the dog to cure any hangover.

  • 7oz beer 
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 4 oz  Clamato juice
  • 2-3 key limes, juiced and wedges for garnish
  • 1-2 dashes of hot sauce
  • 1 sliver of fresh jalapeno to float in the drink
  • Dash of Worchestershire
  • Dash of soy sauce
  • Phillips seafood seasoning to rim glass

Rim a tall drink glass with lime and seafood seasoning, fill with ice and slowly pour some beer (little or no foam), add some of the Clamato juice and other ingredients + an additional pinch of seafood seasoning. Stir and top off with more beer and juice. (Recipe courtesy Food52.com)

Geraniums in the Winder 

Enoch Snow and Carrie Pipperidge are an ideal couple with big dreams. You can just imagine them sipping on this fragrant floral cocktail as they relax on the porch, admiring their beautiful geraniums while the (many, many) children are asleep. 

  • 1 1/2 oz vodka
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 oz rose geranium sugar syrup (recipe below directions) 
  • 5 large, freshly picked rose-scented geranium leaves 

Pour all of the ingredients into a shaker.  Add ice cubes, shake well, and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a tiny rose geranium leaf. (Recipe courtesy Gardendesign.com)

Rose Geranium Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
 
In a small saucepan, bring the water and the sugar to a boil, constantly stirring until sugar is completely dissolved. Remove pan from heat; add 5 large, freshly picked rose geranium leaves, and stir until they wilt. Cover and let steep for 15 minutes. Remove the leaves. 

If I Loved You Lemonade 

This drink is sweet with a hint of tang, just like Julie and Billy's romance. Now that Carousel's star-crossed couple has a baby on the way, this "mocktail" is the perfect thing for the new Mrs. Bigelow. (It can also​ easily be made boozy by adding your desired amount of gin or vodka—you know Billy's going to add a shot or two!)

  • 1 can of pink lemonade
  • 1 lb of strawberries, washed, hulled, and halved
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 small handful of basil
  • Ice as needed

Prepare lemonade according to instructions on the can. Blend strawberries in a blender or food processor. Finely chop basil and add it to the mix. Stir strawberry mixture and lemon slices into the lemonade. Add lots of ice and enjoy! (Recipe courtesy Natashaskitchen.com)

Carnival Blonde 

Mrs. Mullin runs a carousel all day and dances in dream ballets all night. Sometimes she just needs to relax. This drink is the perfect way to finish a long day. Just don't think about what dear, departed Mr. Mullin would say if he saw you drinking this! 

  • 2 oz rye
  • 1/2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 1/4 oz ginger liqueur
  • 2 orange slices, about 1/8″ thick each
  • 1 lemon slice, about 1/8″ thick
  • 2 dashes bitters

In a shaker glass muddle the orange and lemon slices.  Add 5-6 ice cubes and the remaining ingredients.  Stir thoroughly to chill and mix.  Strain into a large cocktail glass (I used my 6 oz glasses) and garnish with a flamed orange peel. (Recipe courtesy Twilightlounge.wordpress.com)

Photo credits:

  • Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago production photos credit Todd Rosenberg

 

 

Which CAROUSEL song are you?

Are you a swaggering sailor who dances a merry jig to "Blow High, Blow Low" all day long? Do you spontaneously exclaim that "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"? Or would you rather cry one single tear while belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Find out which Carousel song best fits your personality with our brand-new quiz.

Are you a swaggering sailor who dances a merry jig to "Blow High, Blow Low" all day long? Do you spontaneously exclaim that "June Is Bustin' Out All Over"? Or would you rather cry one single tear while belting out "You'll Never Walk Alone"? Find out which Carousel  song best fits your personality with our brand-new quiz. You can only hear these great songs being performed at Lyric through May 3, so purchase your ticket today!

 

 

Photo credits:

  • Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago production photos credit Todd Rosenberg and Robert Kusel

 

Audiences are crazy for CAROUSEL

You've read the great reviews. You've seen our fabulous stars on TV. Now hear directly from Carousel  fans just like you why this amazing new production is the theater event of the season. Don't delay and see this show before it closes on May 3.

You've read the great reviews. You've seen our fabulous stars on TV. Now hear directly from Carousel  fans just like you why this amazing new production is the theater event of the season. Don't delay - the show must close May 3!

 

And if that's not enough, here's just a sampling of some of the social media chatter. Carousel is lighting up the Twitterverse and beyond, especially from some die-hard fans that want to see this great production come to Broadway. Plus, don't forget to check out our online collection of Stage Door Selfies, a look at our fabulous stars posing with some of their biggest fans after each performance. 

 

 

 

Photo Credits:

  • Carousel at Lyric Opera of Chicago photos credit Todd Rosenberg

 

CAROUSEL by the numbers

Lyric's production of Carousel  is one of the grandest spectacles ever to be seen at the Civic Opera House. Here are just a few of the numbers that make all of the onstage splendor possible. Don't miss your opportunity to see a program that the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones gave a perfect four stars and says "has the smell of Broadway!" Catch this ride before it leaves Chicago on May 3.

Lyric's production of Carousel  is one of the grandest spectacles ever to be seen at the Civic Opera House. Here are just a few of the numbers that make all of the onstage splendor possible. Don't miss your opportunity to see a program that the Chicago Tribune's Chris Jones gave a perfect four stars and says "has the smell of Broadway!" Catch this ride before it leaves Chicago on May 3.

890

Lights in the working carousel that was built especially for this production

600

Fiber optic stars. Both the carousel lights and the stars give this production an otherworldly feel. Celebrated Italian visual artist Paolo Ventura is making his theatrical design debut with Carousel

300

Fake "puff-puff" cigarettes will be used during the entire course of the run. You're most likely to find them in the hands of Billy Bigelow, Mrs. Mullin, and that ne'er-do-well Jigger Craigin!

220

Total costumes in the show, all designed by Tony Award-winner Catherine Zuber. Lyric's wardrobe department has been busy! (To compare, The Sound of Music last season had 130 costumes.)

160

Pairs of shoes. All of those dancers need to hoof in style, fitted with special non-skid soles from Brooks Shoe Repair.

83

Wigs in the show. It takes 40 to 60 hours to create each new wig. Laura Osnes, Jenn Gambatese, Denyce Graves, and Charlotte d'Amboise account for 8 of the wigs—they got two each! And it takes 12 members of Lyric's hair and makeup staff to get everyone ready for each show. 

60

Ensemble members, which may be a Lyric record! This huge cast of singing actors and dancers includes 14 members of the Lyric Opera Chorus. 

37

Musicians in the orchestra, all members (or subs) of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, under the baton of celebrated conductor David Chase.

11

Carousel horses. Five are used on the actual carousel and the other six are in the "dream ballet" sequence, choreographed by the amazing Rob Ashford.

3

Characters in clown makeup.

2

Incredible love stories. Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan are two tornadoes of passion that collide. Carrie Pipperidge and Enoch Snow have a more practical approach, but are no less in love. 

1

Can't-miss experience. Carousel is on stage through May 3!!

 

Photo credits:

  • Carousel production photos credit Robert Kusel and Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Carousel behind-the-scenes photos credit Todd Rosenberg / Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Carousel costume sketches credit Catherine Zuber

 

 

Select an image to pin

    << July 2015 >>
    Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
          1 2 3 4
    5 6 7 8 9 10 11
    12 13 14 15 16 17 18
    19 20 21 22 23 24 25
    26 27 28 29 30 31  

    Subjects

    Tags