Company:Lyric Opera of Chicago
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Director & Conductor
DirectorCharles Newell
ChoreographerDaniel Pelzig
Music DirectorJohn Mauceri
Chorus MasterDonald Palumbo

AddieMarietta Simpson
AlexandraSari Gruber
BagtryRoger Honeywell
Ben HubbardDale Travis
BirdieSheryl Woods
CalPatrick Blackwell
HoraceKevin Langan
Leo HubbardChad Shelton
MaestroChristopher Dickerson
MandersLevi Hernandez
OscarTimothy Nolen
ReginaCatherine Malfitano
William MarshallScott Ramsay

Design Team
Lighting DesignerJennifer Tipton
Scenic DesignerJohn Culbert
Costume DesignerMartin Pakledinaz
Hair/WigsRichard Jarvie
Make-upRichard Jarvie
performance datesmatinee
Tuesday, September 9, 2003
Tuesday, October 7, 2003
Thursday, October 9, 2003
Friday, October 10, 2003
Saturday, October 11, 2003
Tuesday, October 14, 2003
Friday, October 17, 2003
Tuesday, October 21, 2003
Thursday, October 23, 2003
Composer: Marc Blitzstein

Librettist: Marc Blitzstein, Marc Blitzstein
Regina is giving a dinner party for William Marshall, a Chicago financier with whom she and her brothers intend to make a business deal which will safeguard the fortunes of their family. Present are Regina's brothers, Ben and Oscar; Oscar's wife, Birdie, and his son, Leo; and Alexandra, Regina's daughter. Regina's brothers insist that Regina put up her share of the capital for the deal, but Regina knows they can't raise enough without her and wants more than the straight one-third she is entitled to. It is revealed, however, that Regina is totally dependent on Horace, her husband, for the money. Birdie overhears the siblings plotting to marry Alexandra off to Leo, in order to keep the money from the deal in the family. Regina throws a ball for Marshall. Leo and Oscar discuss a plan for Leo to steal some bonds from his uncle Horace, at whose bank he works. Horace returns home from the hospital, where he was being treated for a severe heart condition. Regina confronts him with her financial plan, demanding his compliance; he refuses. Horace makes plans to change his will. Regina taunts Horace by flirting with a previous suitor. Leo returns from stealing the bonds from the bank. Leo and Ben assure Marshall that the money is in hand to close the deal. Horace tells Regina that he has discovered that Leo has taken the bonds, and that without knowing it, they have already invested in Hubbard Sons and Marshall, Regina's business deal. Regina turns in rage on Horace; he counters by telling her that he will tell the world the bonds are a loan from her and that they are all she's getting in his will. Regina taunts Horace until he has a heart attack and is rendered unconscious. Oscar, Ben, and Leo enter and realize Horace knows of the theft. Regina reveals that she also knows and that if Horace dies, she will demand the largest share. Horace dies. Regina threatens to put her brothers in jail if they don't surrender to her wishes. Alexandra, consumed by grief from the death of her father and from the evils she has witnessed in her family, renounces her mother and threatens to leave forever.

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