This just in! Illinois native Jane Lynch will be emceeing Lyric's spectacular 60th Anniversary Concert on Saturday, November 1. As she notes in her official bio, Lynch "cut her theatrical teeth at The Second City, Steppenwolf Theatre, and in many church basements all over the greater Chicagoland area, helping her become the comedic talent she is today."
Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming personally invited Lynch to host the concert, after meeting her at the National Christmas Tree lighting in 2013 and they reconnected during Fleming's recent performances of A Streetcar Named Desire in Los Angeles. "As all of America knows by now, she is a comedic genius," said Fleming. "I can't wait to see her dry wit and impeccable timing on the Lyric stage!"
Lynch adds to an already-amazing lineup of stars including Lyric creative consultant Renée Fleming, jazz legend Ramsey Lewis, and opera stars Stephanie Blythe, Johan Botha, Christine Goerke, Susan Graham, Quinn Kelsey, Mariusz Kwiecień, Ana María Martínez, Eric Owens, Sondra Radvanovsky, Samuel Ramey, Marina Rebeka, and Amber Wagner, as well as members of the Ryan Opera Center and The Second City. Lyric's Music Director Sir Andrew Davis will lead the Lyric Opera Orchestra. Plus, world-renowned architect Jeanne Gang is designing a brand-new concert shell that will debut at this one-night-only event. (Read more here.)
Lynch has won an Emmy and Golden Globe for her portrayal of the scheming Sue Sylvester on Glee, but she has an amazing array of roles in her repertoire. Here are some of our favorite Jane Lynch gems from throughout her career:
Lynch's singing and acting prowess were showcased on Broadway in 2013 when she played the villainous Miss Hannigan in the revival of this beloved musical.
Best in Show
Lynch's breakout role was this turn as dog trainer Christy Cummings in this Christopher Guest mockumentary. She has great chemistry with her hilarious co-star, Jennifer Coolidge, who played the ditzy dog owner Sherri Ann Cabot.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin
Lynch was the delightfully deranged boss of the titular character, played by Steve Carell, who had more than a passing interest in his dilemma.
Lynch played the sweetly naïve actress Constance Carmell on this regrettably short-lived series.
She lent her voice acting talents to this Disney animated film, playing the no-nonsense army commander Calhoun.
A Mighty Wind
Making her mark in yet another Christopher Guest mockumentary, Lynch memorably portrayed Laurie Bohner, a folk singer who has some unique religious beliefs.
Lynch's reformed drug addict Gayle Sweeny was the highlight of this film about two men forced to do community service.
- Jane Lynch (credit Jake Bailey)
(Lyric Opera of Chicago does not own copyrights to any of the above videos.)