Lyric Opera of Chicago announces The New Classics: Songs from the New Golden Age of Musical Theater, a virtual cabaret starring Broadway’s Gavin Creel, Nikki Renée Daniels, and Norm Lewis, plus Amanda Castro, Jenn Gambatese, Jo Lampert, and Heath Saunders, with David Chase as music director and featuring members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra. This cabaret will premiere on Thursday, June 10 at 7:00pm CT for free to audiences on Lyric’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
The New Classics will highlight the best of new and old Broadway, featuring acombination of classic musical theater songs performed in intimate new arrangements, coupled with songs from newer shows that are the inheritors of the classic style. The cabaret will also touch on the history of the Lyric Opera House space in which some of the artists recorded their numbers, and will explore recurring themes of love and longing, journeys of transformation, and celebrations of survival.
Songs by Lerner and Loewe, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Stephen Sondheim will be featured, along with compositions by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, Michael John LaChiusa, Jason Robert Brown, William Finn, Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman, Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan, Andrew Lippa, David Yazbek, and Adam Guettel.