Lyric loves Broadway

Great stories. Thrilling music. Theater that's filled with beauty and spectacle. Dance that ranges from dreamlike to explosively energetic. If these phrases bring Lyric's Broadway musicals to mind, you're not alone. Featuring the full power of our large choral and orchestral forces, theatrical productions that are built for and brought to life on the largest stage in Chicago, and the best and brightest directors, conductors, and star artists, these shows have brought hundreds of thousands of theatergoers to the Lyric Opera House — many for the first time. We hope you enjoy some of the highlights of Lyric's Broadway babies...and we can't wait to see you back for more!

 

Lyric's Broadway Hits...
A Growing Chicago Tradition

West Side Story

Tony and Maria are two wide-eyed teenagers from opposing gangs who fall in love. As their friends and families battle each other, 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 biting humor of "Gee, Officer Krupke.

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America

In New York, a group of young Puerto Rican women are together after a dance with their boyfriends. When one of the women praises the joys of life in Puerto Rico, Anita (Amanda Castro) makes fun of her, exuberantly proclaiming how everything is in America.

A Day in the Life: Backstage at West Side Story

Experience the backstage life of a show day for Lyric's production of West Side Story.

There aren't a lot of theaters in the country with the resources for a national search to draw a set of performers who can all execute at this level.

Chicago Sun-Times

 

 

Jesus Christ Superstar

One of the greatest stories ever told comes to life in the groundbreaking rock opera 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 inspired by 1970s rock, gospel, folk, and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful storytelling.

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Superstar

"Superstar" is the title song from Jesus Christ Superstar, the 1970 rock opera written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

A Day In The Life: Backstage at Jesus Christ Superstar

Come experience the backstage life of a show day for Lyric's production of Jesus Christ Superstar.

There is no Broadway tour coming through Chicago that could vocally match [this production]. Not in this day and age.
★★★★

Chicago Tribune

 

 

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 a heartwarming audience favorite.An all-star cast, plus the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus, delivers unforgettable performances of the many 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!

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Exquisite...sublime...as loverly as it gets.

Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

The King and I

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, Lyric’s "elaborate...brightly colored...dazzling" (The New York Times) production of The King and I is a glorious spectacle of unforgettable songs, marvelous costumes, and opulent scenery. This Tony-winning musical tells the story of a British schoolteacher who is hired by the King of Siam to tutor his wives and children. As they discuss and debate, they ultimately grow in understanding and respect.

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Shall We Dance?

The King of Siam has just hosted a successful dinner for a group of English diplomats and their wives. The King (Paolo Montalbán) has a moment alone with his children's governess, Anna Leonowens (Kate Baldwin), who attempts to explain certain Western customs. Recalling what it's like for a girl at her first dance, she does a polka on her own, but then the King insists that she teach him to dance with her.

"Flawless direction ... sterling cast ... done to perfection.

Around the Town Chicago

 

 

Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelo 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."

Soliloquy

A Duet from Carousel Featuring Laura Osnes and Steven Pasquale

Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel

There's romance, humor and pathos, with spectacle galore...in what can only be called a dream of a musical.

Chicago Theatre Review

 

 

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!

It was in a Broadway theater in 1959 that audiences first fell in love with The Sound of Music. The love affair continues unabated, thanks to an eternally captivating story and the songs that have carved such a firm niche in the hearts of listeners everywhere.

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The sound of perfection...the best stage show we've had in Chicago in years.

Dean Richards, WGN-TV

 

 

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. Featuring spectacular choreography by Agnes de Mille, it’s packed with an abundance of famous tunes including..."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," the title song, and more!

Lyric Opera of Chicago presents Oklahoma!

Listening to the increasingly rare treat of a full-sized orchestra playing the original orchestrations and watching a production that could afford to carry an ensemble of top-tier dancers who don't sing much, and formidable singers who don't dance much — it was impossible not to ponder anew the brilliance of these two masters of the musical-theater form.

Chicago Tribune