March 06, 2019

See Jane Sing!

The multitalented Jane Lynch brings her voice to Lyric

Two seasons ago at Lyric’s star-studded 60th anniversary gala, the audience was captivated by the evening’s host — Jane Lynch, the uproarious, Emmy and Golden-Globe-winning star of Glee and Hollywood Game Night. Many people have been wondering how Lyric could entice Jane back to Chicago. The answer? See Jane Sing, her cabaret-style comedy show that will arrive at the Civic Opera House for performances June 17 – 18.

Following her Broadway debut as Miss Hannigan in Annie in 2013, New York’s haven for cabaret, 54 Below, contacted her to perform at the venue. Jane quickly put an act together, performed with a three-piece instrumental trio, and what eventually became See Jane Sing was born.

Who knew that the same performer who played ruthless cheerleading coach Sue Sylvester on Glee could sing up a storm in all sorts of music? With her onstage partners — Kate Flannery (The Office) and Tim Davis (former vocal arranger for Glee) — Jane will treat audiences to some terrific close harmony. You might also hear her rapping to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” or, with Flannery, letting go in a Barry Sisters-style version of “Far from the Home I Love” from Fiddler on the Roof.  

Other repertoire that has been part of See Jane Sing includes songs from A Mighty Wind (the hilarious 2003 Christopher Guest “mockumentary” in which Jane appeared), hits from the ’40s and ’50s, and songs Jane sang with her family at the kitchen table growing up. She has a particular affection for a number by the 1960s pop group, Flying Machine. 

In her recent interview with Google Talks, Jane confesses that she doesn’t like performing alone — she has “no desire to just stand there and go, ‘Here’s a story from my childhood.’” With that in mind, she’ll perform with a five-piece band, the Tony Guerrero Quintet, and onstage she’ll collaborate with two remarkable artists: Kate Flannery, a terrific singer with whom she’s been performing for years, and Tim Davis, whom she describes as “a wonderful crooner with a great sense of humor.”  

Lyric audiences will have the chance to see Jane’s buoyant, hilarious, fast-moving cabaret show in four performances, on the main stage. Seating for these special performances will be cabaret-style, with the audience seated on the stage, facing out to view the iconic art-deco Ardis Krainik Theatre at Lyric Opera.

Jane grew up in the Chicago area and she and Flannery both began their careers at The Second City so they have great affection for Chicago, which means their Lyric homecoming shows will be particularly special. 

Glee's Jane Lynch Performs With Cheyenne Jackson and The Office's Kate Flannery at 54 Below

The stage veteran and her special guests discuss the long histories that led up to this moment beneath Broadway. 

Jane Lynch Raps Nicki Minaj's 'Anaconda'

Comedian Jane Lynch takes on the classic Nicki Minaj song 'Anaconda' live from Joe's Pub in NYC.

See Jane Sing at the Civic Opera House

Second City alumna Jane Lynch returns to Chicago for her new musical-comedy cabaret show, See Jane Sing! on June 17-18, 2016*. Best known for her iconic role as Sue Sylvester on Glee, this Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning actress takes the stage with The Office’s Kate Flannery and Glee’s vocal coordinator Tim Davis for a musical journey through Broadway and American songbook standards.

“I can't wait to come home and bring our cabaret show to Chicago early next summer!” says Lynch. “Playing at the beautiful Lyric Opera theater for the very first time is an experience I can’t wait to share with my home town fans. I promise it will be well worth the wait.”

Experience See Jane Sing up close and personal from your seat on the Lyric stage in this cabaret-style show. Choose from a cozy couch seat or a cabaret table and enjoy food and drinks while you laugh the night away.

The Black & White Sessions SPECIAL GUEST : Jane Lynch "King Of The Road"

Emmy Award winning actress Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night, Best In Show, 40 Year Old Virgin & many more) stops by The Black & White Sessions to sing a classic tune from her childhood. And in one great take, too! Jane has been touring the country with her popular cabaret show, "See Jane Sing" where she sings "songs that have nothing to do with each other".

Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery: "See Jane Sing" | Talks at Google

Jane Lynch (Glee, Hollywood Game Night, Angel from Hell) and Kate Flannery (The Office) visit Google to discuss their brand new cabaret-style musical comedy show currently on tour around the US. 

Kate Flannery/ Jane Lynch sing Fiddler on the Roof !

Kate Flannery and Jane Lynch sing a song from Fiddler on the Roof (the Barry Sister's version of Far From The Home I Love)

See Jane Sing is made possible by cosponsors Blythe Jaski McGarvie and Liz Stiffel.