Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FLASH GIVEAWAY: WIN a Pair (2) of Tickets to Lyric Opera of Chicago's Acclaimed Jesus Christ Super Star!

Enter through midnight TONIGHT! One of ChiIL Mama's lucky winners is going to see this stunningly epic production for FREE. 
Tickets range from $35-$219. Fill out the entry form at the bottom of this post and check back tomorrow to see if you've won!

Photo by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

Grand-scale North American premiere of the
Olivier Award-winning London production of
Now playing at Lyric through May 20 

 All production photos by Todd Rosenberg

Lyric's decadently dark Jesus Christ Superstar is nothing short of epic, with over 80 artists on stage and 90 pound of gold confetti at every show. 

This production is a spectacle you have to see and hear to believe, and pure Broadway gold. It was my great pleasure to catch opening night and the audience was enthralled, singing along and on their feet even before the rousing standing ovation. This is a superb choice for a family theatre outing, with multigenerational appeal.

Photos by D'Arcy Mies

I particularly liked the incorporation of live instruments on stage. Jesus, Peter and Pilate all play guitar, in addition to the 37 musicians! 

The scope and magnitude of this production boggles the mind. There are 150 costumes, 112 pairs of sneakers, King Herod's 28 foot long gold cape, 

56 mics, 101 lights illuminating the 37 foot cross and 7 full sized trees. The visual is stunning of Judas' silver stained hands, when he sold out his master and friend for money and betrayed him with a kiss. 

The women are wonderful.

Jesus' lashes with a whip, complete with sound effects and explosions of gold, was a hauntingly dramatic point as well.

The choreography is a joy to see and the entire cast is a visual and auditory feast. 

Lyric Opera Chicago has a world class reputation and here at ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows we've particularly enjoyed their annual Broadway at Lyric crossover productions for years. The popularity of these adaptations of musicals extends well beyond the usual opera buffs, and with Jesus Christ Super Star, they have outdone themselves. Highly recommended. 

The North American premiere of Timothy Sheader’s explosive Olivier Award-winning production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar opens at Lyric tonight, April 27, with performances through May 20 (press opening April 28). Lyric is the only place to experience the grand scale of this acclaimed production in its first staging outside London.

The Lyric production features Heath Saunders (Jesus), Ryan Shaw (Judas), Jo Lampert (Mary Magdalene), Michael Cunio (Pilate), Mykal Kilgore (Simon Zealotes), Shaun Fleming (Herod), Joseph Anthony Byrd (Annas), Cavin Cornwall (Caiaphas) and Andrew Mueller (Peter), with a total of 48 cast members and 37 musicians, including members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus. The London performances comprised 11 musicians and 27 cast members.

Single tickets for Jesus Christ Superstar at the Lyric Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive, start at $35 and are on sale now at, in person at the Lyric box office, or by calling 312-827-5600. To guarantee a front-row rock-concert experience, Lyric is also offering exclusive, $99 stage-front seating over the orchestra pit – the closest possible position to the stage – for the first time in the company's history of presenting Broadway musicals.

Three-time Olivier Award winner Timothy Sheader directs the North American premiere of his acclaimed 2016 production from Regent’s Park Open-Air Theatre. Sheader is joined in Chicago by the original creative team, including conductor Tom Deering, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie, Tony Award-nominated set & costume designer Tom Scutt, and Olivier Award-nominated lighting designer Lee Curran.

Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic rock opera that reinvented musical theater for the modern age. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, this global blockbuster tells the story of the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ, from the perspective of Judas Iscariot. As Christ’s followers grow more fervent, Judas must make his fateful choice between faith and betrayal. Filled with an exciting mix of musical styles that draw upon 1970s rock, gospel, folk and funk themes, this contemporary imagining of the biblical tale features high-energy dance and powerful visual storytelling.

Lyric’s premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Jesus Christ Superstar generously made possible by Lead Sponsor The Negaunee Foundation and cosponsors an Anonymous Donor and Mr. and Mrs. J. Christopher Reyes. Major in-kind audio support provided by Shure Incorporated. Production by The Regent’s Park Theatre London.

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Lyrics by Tim Rice. In Association with The Really Useful Group Limited. Production by The Regent's Park Theatre London. 

Photo by Bonnie Kenaz-Mara

About Lyric
Lyric Opera of Chicago’s mission is to express and promote the life-changing, transformational, revelatory power of great opera. Lyric exists to provide a broad, deep, and relevant cultural service to Chicago and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form.

Founded in 1954, Lyric is dedicated to producing and performing consistently thrilling, entertaining, and thought-provoking opera with a balanced repertoire of core classics, lesser-known masterpieces, and new works; to creating an innovative and wide-ranging program of community engagement and educational activities; and to developing exceptional emerging operatic talent.

Under the leadership of General Director, President & CEO Anthony Freud, Music Director Sir Andrew Davis, and Creative Consultant Renée Fleming, Lyric strives to become the great North American opera company for the 21st century: a globally significant arts organization embodying the core values of excellence, relevance, and fiscal responsibility.

 All production photos by Todd Rosenberg

Short and sweet. ENTER HERE for your chance to WIN. Tickets range from $35-$219.


Enter through midnight 5/16/18. Tickets are good for winner's choice of this weekend's matinee performances of Jesus Christ Super Star at Chicago's Lyric Opera. Winner will be e-mailed by Thursday noon and posted here on our site and via ChiIL Mama and ChiIL Live Shows' social media outlets. Good luck!

MAY 19, 2018 1:30 PM

MAY 20, 2018 1:30 PM

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