Quiz: Can We Guess What Broadway Show You Should Star In?

Have you ever dreamed of seeing your name in lights on the Great White Way? Take this quiz to see if we can guess what Tony Award-winning Broadway musical YOU should star in.

Lyric Returns With Free Star-Studded Virtual Gala

Lyric Opera of Chicago’s season opens this weekend in truly unprecedented fashion: with a virtual gala.

Andrew Lloyd Webber warns arts ‘at point of no return’

The Phantom of the Opera composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has told British lawmakers that the arts are “at the point of no return,” and urged the government to set a date for theaters to be allowed to reopen.

Broadway musical ‘Diana’ to bypass closed stage for Netflix

The Broadway musical Diana isn’t waiting for theaters to reopen in New York to offer its show to a live audience — it’s going to Netflix.

Seven Sensational Virtual Field Trips for Chicago Art Lovers

We’re not sure the next time we’ll be able to catch an in-person performance, but luckily, many of Chicago’s hallowed artistic venues are just a click away.

Despite coronavirus, 1 musical is holding auditions, online

Most theaters in America may be closed, but one musical isn’t letting the virus pandemic stop it from getting prepared to put on a show: “KPOP,” a musical exploring the world of Korean pop.

Broadway shutdown due to virus extended again until January

The shutdown on Broadway has been extended again — until at least early January. Although an exact date for performances to resume has yet to be determined, Broadway producers are now offering refunds and exchanges for tickets purchased for shows through January 3.

Here’s What ‘Wicked’ Creator Stephen Schwartz Learned From Leonard Bernstein

Award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who created hit musicals like Wicked and Godspell, was just 23 years old when he teamed up with Leonard Bernstein. In a video chat interview with WFMT’s George Preston, Schwartz recounts how he came to contribute to MASS, and what he learned from Bernstein.

A ‘Phantom of the Opera’ contest seeks singer with style

Andrew Lloyd Webber has launched a virtual competition that could lead to one fan singing on Broadway or the West End when musicals resume playing.

How do Broadway stars cope with silent theaters? They sing

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus silenced Broadway. It could not silence two of its rising stars: Samantha Pauly and Brittney Mack, who play two wives of Henry VIII in the musical “Six.”

Playlist: 14 Marching Band Videos You Have to See to Believe

Marching bands are art in motion. But you have to see the intricate formations – moving images, clever phrases, and more – to truly believe their artistic capabilities.

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2020-2021 Season

On Wednesday, February 12, Lyric Opera of Chicago general director Anthony Freud and music director Sir Andrew Davis announced the company’s 66th season. A North American premiere, a Midwest premiere, and a special opening night concert with Renée Fleming are among the highlights. The 2020-2021 season will also be Sir Andrew’s last as music director.

Music’s power to connect us takes center stage in Tony-winning The Band’s Visit [Video]

The Band’s Visit begins with a mistake. An Egyptian police orchestra is on tour in Israel accidentally books tickets to the tiny, fictional desert town of Bet Hatikva. While “it could be about two sides that don’t get along,” says Chilina Kennedy, who portrays the enigmatic café owner in Bet Hatikva, “the show is not about conflict. It’s about human connection.”

Playlist: A Big Parade of 76 Trombone Pieces

When you think of the trombone, what comes to mind? A particular classical work, or more likely, “Seventy-Six Trombones” leading a big parade? Although The Music Man brings the instrument into the spotlight in Meredith Willson’s hallmark song, the musical leaves a lot of room to explore the wide world of trombone repertoire.

Ravinia Festival Announces 2019 Summer Season

Mahler’s “Symphony of a Thousand,” the continued celebration of the music and influence of Leonard Bernstein, and four films accompanied by live orchestra await festivalgoers this summer at Ravinia, which released its 2019 summer schedule this morning.

André Previn, Oscar-winning composer, has died at 89

Previn was a child prodigy whose family fled Nazi Germany. As a teenager, he found work as a composer and arranger in Hollywood, mostly at MGM, winning four Oscars for his orchestrations of such stylish musicals as 1964’s “My Fair Lady.”

Lyric Opera of Chicago Announces 2019-2020 Season, With Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle, ‘Don Giovanni’, ‘Madama Butterfly’

Lyric’s 2019-2020 season will include seven mainstage operas (three of which are company premieres), three full performances of Lyric’s new Ring cycle, and the Broadway at Lyric premiere of 42nd Street.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2019 Season

The eighty-fifth annual season opens June 12 and will run through August 17, with most performances taking place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Cervantes of ‘Hamilton,’ REO to lead Illinois 200th birthday

CHICAGO (AP) — A Gettysburg Address rap by Broadway in Chicago’s Hamilton star Miguel Cervantes, Illinois-bred rockers REO Speedwagon and a cast of Prairie State celebrities will highlight the state’s 200th birthday party Dec. 3. The bicentennial extravaganza ‘s lineup was announced Thursday. The theme of the party at Chicago’s United Center is “Born, Built and Grown in Illinois.” A tribute …

LISTEN | How Latin-American composers influenced Leonard Bernstein

Fiesta celebrates the centenary of Leonard Bernstein’s birth with a look at the maestro’s love for Latin American music. 

“I’m reclaiming my time” — Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore talks opera, activism, and singing for Congresswoman Maxine Waters

Did you know Broadway’s Mykal Kilgore is a classically trained opera singer? He spoke about opera, activism, and singing for Maxine Waters backstage at Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Grant Park Music Festival Announces 2018 Season

The summer festival’s 2018 season of concerts runs for 10 weeks from June 13 to August 18.

This Video of the Von Trapps Singing ‘Edelweiss’ Will Be One of Your Favorite Things This Holiday Season

If you’re not in the holiday spirit yet, you will be after hearing the newest generation of von Trapps perform “Edelweiss” from “The Sound of Music.”

6 Songs to Send You “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Judy Garland introduced “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” in The Wizard of Oz, and she sang it for the rest of her life. Operatic soprano Renata Scotto used it as her signature encore at solo recitals. And more recently, and very memorably, Ariana Grande sang it to end One Love Manchester, her benefit for the victims of terrorism in the British …

Ravinia Announces 2-Year Bernstein Celebration, Curated by Conductor Marin Alsop

As a composer, conductor, and educator, Leonard Bernstein’s contributions left a tremendous impact on American classical and popular music. Ravinia celebrates his centenary.