Billy Zane Joins Jenn Gambatese, Edward Hibbert and More in Lyric Opera's The Sound of Music

By Adam Hetrick
and Andrew Gans
04 Mar 2014

Jenn Gambatese
Jenn Gambatese

Billy Zane, known for his performance in the James Cameron blockbuster film "Titanic," will play Captain von Trapp in the Lyric Opera of Chicago production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

As previously reported, Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) will direct the production that runs April 25-May 18 at the Civic Opera House. It officially opens April 26.

In addition to Zane (Chicago, "Memphis Belle"), the production stars Jenn Gambatese (Wicked, All Shook Up, Tarzan) as Maria, Edward Hibbert ("The Nanny," The Drowsy Chaperone, Curtains) as Max Detweiler, Christine Brewer as Mother Abbess and Elizabeth Futral as Baroness Elsa Schraeder.

The cast also includes Betsy Farrar (Liesl), Brady Tutton (Friedrich), Julia Schweizer (Louisa), Michael Harp (Kurt), Isabelle Roberts (Brigitta), KyLee Hennes (Marta), Nicole Scimeca (Gretl), Zach Sorrow (Rolf), Cory Goodrich (Sister Margaretta), Susan Moniz (Sister Berthe), Erin Elizabeth Smith (Sister Sophia), Mary Ernster (Frau Schmidt), Dev Kennedy (Franz), Rob Hunt (Herr Zeller) and Michael Weber (Admiral von Schreiber).



The Sound of Music will have choreography by Denis Jones, scenic design by Michael Yeargan, lighting design by Duane Schuler and costume design by Alejo Vietti. It will be conducted by Rob Fisher.

The production will also feature 37 members of the Lyric Opera Orchestra, who will perform with a 25-member choral ensemble. This company premiere is the second work in Lyric's American Musical Theater Initiative, which launched last season with a new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

The Sound of Music features a libretto by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse and a score by Richard Rodgers (music) and Oscar Hammerstein II (lyrics) that includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Edelweiss," "Something Good" and "So Long, Farewell."

Tickets and more information are available by calling (312) 827-5600 or visiting lyricopera.org.