June 08, 2023

Lyric Music & More: June 8

West Side Story is here, and it’s drawing rave reviews from critics and fans alike. As the Chicago Sun-Times declares, “it is the kind of large-scale treatment of this musical that only an opera company could muster.” In a new preview of the show, you’ll see the amazing energy and passion that this world-class group of artists brings to the stage.

Plus, meet the cast of West Side Story, stream The Factotum on Film, dig into the 2023/24 Season, and mark your calendar for a free performance in Millennium Park.

Meet the cast

Lyric’s production of West Side Story features some of Broadway’s brightest stars including Ryan McCartan, Kanisha Feliciano, Amanda Castro, Brett Thiele, Nathan Keen, and Yurel Echezarreta. Meet them in this video and see why they say you can’t miss this show.

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

Flights of fancy

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 2023/24 Season will take audiences on a global tour of opera featuring a richly curated slate of musical events in six different languages, and debuts by some of the world's most riveting talents. Learn more about what to expect from next season in this article.

Dive in

Joffrey for All Celebration

On Sunday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m., join our friends at The Joffrey Ballet for free public performances at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The Joffrey for All Celebration will feature dance performances by Joffrey Company Artists, the Joffrey Academy of Dance, and students from the Joffrey Community Engagement.

Mark your calendar

Photos: Todd Rosenberg, Joe Mazza, mural by Barrett Keithley, Edward Wilensky/San Diego Opera, Patrick Pyszka