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“Gorgeous old theater”

Lyric Opera of Chicago
Ranked #60 of 671 things to do in Chicago
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Owner description: Grand spectacle. The finest singers of our time. And immortal music performed by Lyric's internationally celebrated orchestra and chorus.
Reviewed 20 February 2012

Had the chance to visit the Lyric Opera House this weekend to see Show Boat. Our seats were c32 and c33, circle level 3 rows back. The seats were magnificent. The theater is very old and gorgeous. Well kept with amazing sound. Very impressed. Dont be late though, they clothes the doors promptly and dont let anyone in until the next act. We saw many come in later who were locked out due to tardiness.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

Sabina and I went to the Lyric's performance of Show Boat and were blown away. Morris Robinson's performance of Joe and rendition of "Ol' Man River" was breathtaking.

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Reviewed 20 February 2012

My wife, a season ticket opera fan convinced me to attend ShowBoat with our teenage granddaughter. She was awed with the grand opera house, the staging and the first half of this transitional musical comedy. Having grown up in the glorious days of Oklahoma, Brigadoon, My Fair Lady and the other great musical comedies on Broadway, my return to Show Boat was a joy and a disappointment. What a first act. 90 minutes of glorious stage settings, a mass of brightly costumed dancers, actors and chorus action from start to finish. But most of all there was the magnificent Ole Man River sung by Morris Robinson in the deepest bass ever heard and backed with a full throated chorus. Many of the other Show Boat best songs jump off the docked boat in this first act and we are introduced to the memanysolos, duets and chorus numbers sung full throat, even by the songstresses that opera purists had down played as not being truly operatic. For those of us less pure, it was enough to let the music by the 49 piece orchestra and these delightful songbirds to wash over us.
The story of the first act moved quickly through the plots and sub plots. But once the curtain dropped, the story lost its way. The production lapsed into a series of episodes tied together very loosely by the growing up of the main couples child and the family reunion many years later. Giant historic photos of Chicago history were sensational to see, but contributed little else. It seemed as if the director was more intereste in showing old Chicago to young Chicago than in making the plot work. Indeed, ShowBoat would have been a great production if they had just cut out Act II. If it weren't for the astronomical cost of a ticket, I would recommend just that. See Act I and then go home happy.

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Reviewed 17 February 2012

Good Place to visit in Chicago if you like the Lyric Opera.

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Reviewed 16 February 2012

The location is very convenient. We could walk from State St. The The golden interior of the Art Deco auditorium is beautiful and creates a special atmosphere. There is a cafe upstairs. The website provided a lot of information on seating and ordering tickets, which arrived by email, was very easy. We saw Aida and generally like the performance. The sets and costumes were unattractive, but the singers and the orchestra were excellent and did justice to Verdi's gorgeous music.

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