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Tony Winner Bartlett Sher at the Helm of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Lyric Opera of Chicago, Feb. 22 – Mar. 19

Bartlett Sher. Photo by Lia Chang

Bartlett Sher. Photo by Lia Chang

Bartlett Sher is at the helm of Lyric Opera of Chicago’s Romeo and Juliet, presented in conjunction with the Shakespeare 400 Chicago international arts festival, for which Lyric is a partner organization, Feb. 22 – March 19.

Sher is making his Lyric debut fresh off directing the four-time Tony Award-winning revival of The King and I at Lincoln Center Theater and the Broadway revival of Fiddler on the Roof. Romeo and Juliet opens on Monday, Feb. 22 with 9 performances through Saturday, March 19. Performance dates are Feb. 22, March 5, 8, 11 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 and 28, March 2 and 19 at 2 p.m. The production is presented in French with projected English titles. For tickets and more information call 312-827-5600 or visit The Civic Opera House is located at 20 N. Wacker Drive (the theater entrance is at the northwest corner of Madison Street and Wacker Drive).

Romeo and Juliet - Lyric Opera of Chicago

He’s a Montague and she’s a Capulet-families who have hated each other for centuries. Yet when Romeo (tenors Joseph Calleja Feb. 22-March 8 and Eric Cutler March 11-19) meets Juliet (soprano Susanna Phillips), they fall instantly and rapturously in love. Secretly, they marry-but Shakespeare’s famed young couple is ultimately doomed. Featuring five iconic love duets and soaring music for the chorus and orchestra, Charles Gounod’s music breathes life into the world’s most iconic romantic tragedy.

The cast also features Joshua Hopkins (Mercutio), Christian Van Horn (Friar Laurence), Marianne Crebassa (Stephano), Deborah Nansteel (Gertrude), Philip Horst (Capulet), Jason Slayden (Tybalt), David Govertsen (Duke of Verona), Mingjie Lei (Benvolio), Takaoki Onishi (Paris), and Anthony Clark Evans (Gregorio).

The acclaimed creative team for Romeo and Juliet includes Tony Award winners Michael Yeargan (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes) and Jennifer Tipton (lighting). The production is conducted by Emmanuel Villaume with Michael Black as chorus master.

Lyric Opera’s presentation of Romeo and Juliet generously made possible by the NIB Foundation, Julie and Roger Baskes, Mr. and Mrs. W. James Farrell, and PowerShares QQQ.

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Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang. Photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an award-winning filmmaker, a Best Actress nominee, a photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Examiner.comJade Magazine and

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