Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC

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Lyric Opera of Chicago presents a stunning new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved Broadway musical The Sound of Music, tonight, April 25-May 25, 2014, at the Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the cast in action below!

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 andElizabeth 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 byMarc 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 theLyric 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!

For more information on Lyric Opera of Chicago's production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music, visit lyricopera.org/soundofmusic.

Photo Credit: Todd Rosenberg

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Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Christine Brewer and the nuns

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and Christine Brewer

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Julia Schweizer, Michael Harp, Jenn Gambatese, Nicole Scimeca and KyLee Hennes

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
KyLee Hennes, Julia Schweizer, Brady Tutton, Isabelle Roberts, Betsy Farrar, Jenn Gambatese, Nicole Scimeca, and Michael Harp

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Zach Sorrow and Betsy Farrar

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Betsy Farrar and Zach Sorrow

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane, Edward Hibbert and Elizabeth Futral

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Edward Hibbert and Billy Zane

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Elizabeth Futral, Nicole Scimeca and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The Company of THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Elizabeth Futral, Billy Zane and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Elizabeth Futral and Billy Zane

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese and Billy Zane

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Christine Brewer and the nuns

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Edward Hibbert, Betsy Farrar, Isabelle Roberts and Nicole Scimeca

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Michael Harp, Brady Tutton, Jenn Gambatese, Nicole Scimeca, KyLee Hennes, Billy Zane, Isabelle Roberts, Betsy Farrar and Julia Schweizer

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Betsy Farrar and Jenn Gambatese

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Jenn Gambatese, KyLee Hennes, Julia Schweizer, Betsy Farrar, Nicole Scimeca, Isabelle Roberts, Michael Harp, Brady Tutton and Billy Zane

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Edward Hibbert, Jenn Gambatese, Billy Zane and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and the children

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Christine, Jenn Gambatese, Isabelle Roberts, Billy Zane, Michael Harp, Brady Tutton, Nicole Scimeca and Betsy Farrar

Photo Flash: First Look at Billy Zane, Jenn Gambatese and More in Lyric Opera of Chicago's THE SOUND OF MUSIC
The company of the SOUND OF MUSIC

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