Broadway at Lyric

Experience the best musicals in Chicago

Lyric's musicals have been thrilling Broadway lovers for seven seasons. Big productions, extravegant sets and costumes, and original casts of talented stars from the stage and screen are all backed by the powerful sound of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. Join us each spring for the best of Broadway on the Lyric stage.

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Previous Broadway musicals at Lyric Opera of Chicago

West Side Story

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.

Jesus Christ Superstar

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.

My Fair Lady

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!

The King and I

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.

Carousel

Carousel

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."

The Sound of Music

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!

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!

Photos: Todd Rosenberg (West Side StoryJesus Christ Superstar, My Fair Lady, The King and I, Carousel, The Sound of Music), Dan Rest (Oklahoma!)