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Lyric's musicals have been thrilling Broadway lovers for seven seasons with big productions, new-to-Chicago sets and costumes, original casts of talented stars from the stage and screen, and the powerful sound of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Join us in spring 2020 for the song-and-dance spectacular, 42ND Street. We'll see you at the beautiful Lyric Opera House!

42ND Street

Nobody does Broadway-style productions quite like Lyric, and Chicago audiences will love the Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42ND Street when it comes to Lyric next spring! The story of Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring actress from Allentown who gets her big break and rises from chorus girl to star status overnight 42ND Street is filled with unforgettable tunes. You’ll love the sensational tap numbers and memorable melodies like “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Sunny Side to Every Situation,” “Young and Healthy,” and the famed title song, in a high-energy, new-to-Chicago production that is as beautiful to see as it is to hear. With the full power of members of the Lyric Orchestra and Chorus, don’t miss the spectacle of this Broadway blockbuster—only at Lyric!

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42ND Street

Nobody does Broadway-style productions quite like Lyric, and Chicago audiences will love the Tony-winning song-and-dance spectacular 42ND Street when it comes to Lyric next spring! The story of Peggy Sawyer, an aspiring actress from Allentown who gets her big break and rises from chorus girl to star status overnight 42ND Street is filled with unforgettable tunes. You’ll love the sensational tap numbers and memorable melodies like “Lullaby of Broadway,” “We’re in the Money,” “You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Sunny Side to Every Situation,” “Young and Healthy,” and the famed title song, in a high-energy, new-to-Chicago production that is as beautiful to see as it is to hear. With the full power of members of the Lyric Orchestra and Chorus, don’t miss the spectacle of this Broadway blockbuster—only at Lyric!

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What Critics Are Saying About Lyric's Broadway Musicals:

Sheer kinetic energy pulsing between the ensemble, the stars, the orchestra and the audience.

Third Coast Review on West Side Story

There is no Broadway tour coming through Chicago that could vocally match the multitudinous harmonics you can hear here.

Chicago Tribune on Jesus Christ Superstar

Ample vocal and musical resources... not to be missed.

The New York Times on Carousel

Lavish and beautiful spectacle [and] sweeping grandiosity... [that] captures every inch of the musical's opulence... Lyric does not disappoint."

Broadway World on The King and I

The sound of perfection.

WGN-TV on The Sound of Music

Huge, audaciously daring...immediately legendary.

Broadway World on Carousel

 

Previous Broadway Musicals at Lyric Opera of Chicago

West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

West Side Story

Tony and Maria are two wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and family battle with one another, Tony and Maria long for “a place for us…somewhere.” Their songs illuminate every scene and permeate our culture, from the romance of “Maria” and “Tonight” to the exuberance of “America” and the humor of “Gee, Officer Krupke.” Add to that the bold, sexy, iconic dances of Jerome Robbins that smolder and sizzle with energy, and you have a musical-theater experience you’ll never forget.

West Side Story at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Jesus Christ Superstar

One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking, iconic rock musical that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling. 

My Fair Lady

The charming story of Eliza Doolittle, a young flower seller with a strong Cockney accent, and Professor Henry Higgins, the phonetics professor who believes he can teach her to speak like a proper lady, My Fair Lady is guaranteed to capture your heart. 

An all-star cast, plus the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, will charm you with favorite tunes including “On the Street Where You Live,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?,” “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” the delightful and infectious “I Could Have Danced All Night,” and more!

The King and I

A glorious spectacle of unforgettable songs, marvelous costumes, and opulent scenery is coming to Lyric this spring with an “elaborate...brightly colored...dazzling” (The New York Times) production of one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The King and I. This Tony-winning musical that tells the story of a British schoolteacher who is hired by the King of Siam to tutor his wives and children will capture your heart as they discuss, debate, and ultimately grow in understanding and respect.

Carousel

Swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. But all too soon, they fall on hard times and unbearable loss. Yet the power of love perseveres, as do the tuneful hits, in this masterpiece of American musical theater, including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The Sound of Music

Maria is training to become a nun—but when she proves too spirited for convent life, she’s dispatched to take over as governess for the seven children of the widower Captain von Trapp. She captures their hearts, of course, and the rest is history! The family’s narrow escape from Austria on the eve of World War II is thrilling, inspirational, and true!

Oklahoma!

The high-spirited rivalry between the farmers and the cowboys is the backdrop for this immortal story about growing up and falling in love, dreams and nightmares, and the promise of a new land on the verge of statehood! With spectacular choreography by agnes de Mille and famous tunes galore...“Oh, What a Beautiful Morning”… “People Will Say We’re in Love”…“Surrey With the Fringe on Top”…“I Cain’t Say No”…“Out of My Dreams”…and more!

Photos: Todd Rosenberg (Jesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, The King and I, Carousel, The Sound of Music), Lynn Lane/Houston Grand Opera (West Side Story), Marie-Noëlle Robert/Théâtre du Châtelet (42ND Street), Dan Rest (Oklahoma!)