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In 2008, New York's Lincoln Center revived a Broadway warhorse: "South Pacific." At the beginning of the overture in the Vivian Beaumont Theater, the lip of Michael Yeargan's setting, which had the outline of a tropical island, began to move backward,...
At the start — the rough start — of the Marriott Theatre's new revue of the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, entitled, with justification, "Now & Forever," the throbbing electronic tones of "The Phantom of the Opera" fill the theater as colored...
Never the subtlest of mega-musicals, Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Sunset Boulevard" at least comes with a resident cynic. That would be Joe Gillis, the struggling writer from Dayton, Ohio, who gets trapped in the web of Norma Desmond, a faded Hollywood star who...
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Early in "Oklahoma!" the 1943 masterpiece by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II now at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the traveling peddler Ali Hakim asks the naive young farm girl Laurey Williams if she wants something. He means trinkets from his...
If ever a musical theater work deserved its exclamation point, it's “Oklahoma!” Breathes there a man or woman of a certain age who hasn't at one time or another succumbed to the nostalgic charms of this classic American show, whose spirit...
Anna Netrebko seems genuinely unfazed by the stardom that has made her a charismatic figure to hundreds of thousands of opera lovers worldwide, not to mention even greater numbers of ordinary folks who devour articles about her in the popular press and no...
The musical logic behind the program presented by Chicago Symphony Orchestra this weekend at Symphony Center seems clear enough. Pierre Boulez, the originally scheduled conductor, set out to trace the evolution of the German-Austrian tradition from...
Divine destiny — or is it the shade of Tennessee Williams? — is bringing Renee Fleming and Blanche DuBois together on the same stage, at the same time, at Lyric Opera. The real Renee and the fictional Blanche are, in their very different...
The combination of opera and mariachi is not as unlikely as one might think. Both art forms, in the view of Lyric Opera General Director Anthony Freud, tell human stories about love and loss, family and country. Beyond that, said Freud, "mariachi is a...
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“A Streetcar Named Desire,” Andre Previn's adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play, has come in for such scathing notices from some critics following its premiere by the San Francisco Opera in 1998 that one approached the Chicago premiere...
Nothing like the exuberant dazzle of mariachi to explode operatic stereotypes. The shouts and cheers that went up from the sold-out audience Sunday afternoon at the Civic Opera House said it all. What was billed as the world's first mariachi opera...
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Lyric Opera of Chicago has shied away from commissioning any new operas over the last decade, at a time when other major American opera companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera and Los Angeles Opera have...
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