May 26, 2023

Lyric Family Favorites: May 26

The dance sequences in West Side Story are iconic and a major part of what makes this musical so impactful. As Emmy and Drama Desk Award-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse says, “It's so athletic, it’s so story-driven and character-driven, and I think that’s what makes it always fresh — when it's performed so well.” Hear more from Bergasse in this video, and don’t miss West Side Story, on stage June 2-25.

Plus, hear from newly appointed artist-in-residence Whitney Morrison on the Growing Room, get a behind-the-scenes look at West Side Story, stream The Factotum on Film, and discover Physician Magician.

Whitney Morrison talks to WBEZ

Recently appointed as Lyric’s first ever Artist-in-Residence, soprano Whitney Morrison, who recently starred in Proximity, is part of a new installation called “Growing Room.” Hear her talk about the project, her career, and what’s next in this interview with WBEZ.

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Behind the scenes of West Side Story

Get a behind the scenes look at West Side Story with ABC7 and hear from the cast. See why Broadway star Ryan McCartan (Tony) says this production is “elevated on a scale that's worthy of the stage we're doing it on” when Bernstein's classic opens at Lyric, June 2.

Go backstage

The Factotum on Film

Experience the full journey, from page to stage, of the world premiere opera The Factotum in a new film by Chicago filmmaker Raphael Nash, now available for free online viewing. Don't miss this “vibrant, often heartwarming” (Chicago Sun-Times) opera, streaming for a limited time.

Watch the film

Physician Magician

Discover Physician Magician, the magic show that explores the connection between magic and medicine, playing at the Rhapsody Theater in Rogers Park. “A thinking person’s night out…Highly Recommended” (Chicago Tribune).

Save 20% on tickets with code LYRIC-MAGIC

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Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Lyric Opera of Chicago