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Chicago’s own Billy Zane stars as Captain von Trapp in The Sound of Music

The Captain has arrived! 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, will star as Captain von Trapp in Lyric’s brand-new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, on stage from April 25 to May 25.

A native of Chicago and graduate of 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 acting, Zane is also a celebrated abstract expressionist painter. He began painting during the long filming of Titanic in Mexico, and 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 Lyric is 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).

Get to know our Maria in this profile of Jenn Gambatese.

Meet the talented members of the von Trapp Family Singers! 


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New Lyric Opera production generously made possible by Exclusive Corporate Sponsor Northern Trust. Cosponsors: An Anonymous Donor, Brent and Catherine Gledhill, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills, and The Neundorf Trusts in Memory of Maynette V. Neundorf and John K. Neundorf.

Photo by Azabra.