The Merry Widow: Creating the Dance

The Merry Widow

Lyric’s stage will be awhirl this fall with the eye-catching song-and-dance numbers that are central to Franz Lehár’s delightful operetta The Merry Widow. Director-choreographer Susan Stroman has assembled a crack ensemble of dancers – eight women and four men – who will be joined by four dancing men from Lyric’s chorus.  Opportunities abound for all kinds of dancing, from elegant to risqué, with Acts One and Two taking place at lavish parties in Paris circa early 1900s, and Act Three at the famously frisky nightclub Maxim's. In that setting “Stro” has the dancers doing cartwheels and splits and acrobatics and cancan.

And wait till you see their costumes! Even the leading ladies and gentlemen get into the act: as the merry widow herself, Renée Fleming and Elizabeth Futral will each take a spin around the stage with Thomas Hampson as her elusive former and future beau. And as a former grisette, Heidi Stober will show more than a little leg with the current cancan girls of Maxim’s.

Watch the video below to hear director Susan Stroman on The Merry Widow!

Inside the opera with Susan Stroman

Don't miss the grand-scale, action-packed production of The Merry Widow from director Susan Stroman, who is famous for Broadway's award-winning run of The Producers! Tickets on sale now, including packages of three or more shows, which offer savings up to 50% off individual ticket prices. Need assistance? Our audience services department may be reached at 312.827.5600. 

Photo: Ken Howard (Metropolitan Opera)

Lyric Opera presentation generously made possible by the Donna Van Eekeren Foundation, an Anonymous Donor, Mr. and Mrs. J. Thomas Hurvis, Kirkland & Ellis LLP, and the Mazza Foundation. Production owned by The Metropolitan Opera.  

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