Lyric Opera of Chicago


For immediate release:
Tuesday, May 20, 2014



So long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, good night…

Lyric Opera of Chicago's 
new production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's 
beloved Broadway musical 

Extended through Memorial Day weekend by popular demand
Must close Sunday, May 25


At the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive

All-star cast features 
Film star Billy Zane as Captain von Trapp 
Broadway star Jenn Gambatese as Maria 
TV/Stage veteran Edward Hibbert as Max Detweiler 
with international opera stars 
Christine Brewer as Mother Abbess and 
Elizabeth Futral as Elsa Schraeder

(CHICAGO) If you haven't seen it - or have seen it and would like to experience it again, get down to Chicago's Civic Opera House (20 N. Wacker Drive) this weekend - Friday, May 23 at 7:00 pm, Saturday May 24 at 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm, and Sunday May 25 at 1:30 pm. This will be your last chance to attend Lyric Opera of Chicago's stunning new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music.

Critics have been unanimous in their praise of both cast and production. It's a not-to-be-missed musical theater experience with only four performances left. Must close Sunday, May 25!  Don't miss your chance to see this spectacular production of everybody's favorite musical, Rodgers and Hammerstein's THE SOUND OF MUSIC. Tickets start at just $29 and are available now at or at 312-827-5600.

The production's all-star cast is led by Billy Zane, star of James Cameron's international blockbuster Titanic and critically acclaimed for his portrayal of Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago, as Captain von Trapp and Broadway star Jenn Gambatese (leading roles in Wicked and Disney's Tarzan) as Maria. Also featured are Broadway and TV veteran Edward Hibbert as impresario Max Detweiler, renowned operatic sopranos Christine Brewer as the Mother Abbess and Elizabeth Futral as Elsa Schraeder, and local talents Betsy Farrar (Liesl), Brady Tutton, (Friedrich), Julia Schweizer (Louisa), Michael Harp (Kurt), Isabelle Roberts (Brigitta), KyLee Hennes (Marta), Nicole Scimeca (Gretl), and Zach Sorrow (Rolf).

The new production is conducted by Rob Fisher (Lyric debut) and directed by Marc Bruni (Lyric debut), with set designs by Michael Yeargan, costume designs by Alejo Vietti (Lyric debut), lighting design by Duane Schuler, and sound design by Mark Grey.  Denis Jones (Lyric debut) is choreographer, and Michael Black is chorus master.

In addition to the stellar cast, 37 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra are performing with a 25-member choral ensemble (including 12 members of the Lyric Opera Chorus). This company premiere is the second work in Lyric's American Musical Theater Initiative, which launched last season with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

The new Lyric Opera production of The Sound of Music  is generously made possible by Exclusive Corporate Sponsor Northern Trust. Cosponsors: An Anonymous Donor, Brent and Catherine Gledhill, Robert S. and Susan E. Morrison, Mrs. Herbert A. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. William C. Vance, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, Jim and Vicki Mills/Jon and Lois Mills, and The Neundorf Trusts in Memory of Maynette V. Neundorf and John K. Neundorf.

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