The curtain barely came down on the first-ever "Second City Guide to the Opera," presented Saturday by the Second City and Lyric Opera of Chicago at the Civic Opera House to a sold-out crowd, before it was time for an encore.
Due to the event's overwhelming success, Lyric Opera and Second City announced Tuesday that they will reprise the event -- with new material -- for several dates in June. Tickets, $35 and $45, will go on sale online Jan. 23 at lyricopera.org. VIP tickets are available for $75.
Furthermore, for the June dates, 300 seats will be added onstage.
In addition to improvisation, "the show will include completely new scenes as well as a reprise of some of the best scenes created for the inaugural performance of 'The Second City Guide to the Opera,' " said Kelly Leonard, executive vice president of The Second City in a statement. "Audiences will be treated to cabaret-style seating on the legendary stage of the Civic Opera House, with libations and table service available throughout the performance."
In his review (suntm.es/WrFRO7) of the performance, Sun-Times and WFMT-FM contributor Andrew Patner called the event "a great night for Lyric, and for Second City, too, with a reminder of just how funny the group can be when it's not afraid to go back to its roots in brainy, cultural parody."
Specific dates and additional details will be announced in the next week or so. Phone sales will begin in April.