The beauty of theatre on stage is that every performance is live. There is potential for the unexpected. So, on the opening night of the 2013-2014 Lyric Opera season, when an announcement between Act 1 and Act 2 stating the key role of Iago was to be resumed by an understudy, the audience collectively inhaled to see what would happen next. The moment was sheer drama. The Lyric red carpet season opener is one of the biggest nights in Chicago theatre. Seats are filled with dazzlingly dressed guests prepared to go from performance to the gala. Every major donor and sponsor is represented. A principal role being changed mid-show was astonishing.
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