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Review: In 'Little Shop of Horrors' at Drury Lane, an Audrey for the ages

Posted: September 13, 2018

Without “Little Shop of Horrors,” we wouldn’t have Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” “Beauty and the Beast” or “Aladdin.” That’s because the spoof 1982 off-Broadway musical (based on a B-movie shocker about a young florist named Seymour and the Faustian…


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Fall theater: 10 shows that excite Chris Jones the most

Posted: September 7, 2018

There’s a new work from Bruce Norris likely to prove incendiary. Performance artist David Cale stages a piece drawn from his own family history. It’s another day at the office for the 94-year-old actor Mike Nussbaum. “Tootsie” tries out in Chicago, e…


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5 must-see theater performances for teens this fall

Posted: September 7, 2018

The curtain may be coming down on summer, but it’s going up on great shows around Chicago this fall that are well-suited to tweens and teens. Not only can adolescents stay up later, they can handle more adult themes. I’ve found that talking about a p…


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12 theater productions worth seeing this fall

Posted: August 31, 2018

'Little Shop of Horrors' Luckless floral shop employee Seymour Krelborn discovers no good deed goes unpunished when the sickly plant he tends transforms into a man-eating monster that threatens Seymour's beloved colleague Audrey in "Little Shop of H…


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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof brings dysfunctional family drama to Drury Lane

Posted: July 25, 2018

Well, this comes as a surprise. In a season that will go on to featureMamma Mia!, Little Shop of Horrors, and Disney's Beauty and the Beast, at a suburban theater where the usual nonmusicals are chestnuts like The Gin Game and Deathtrap, somebody tho…


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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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'Beauty and the Beast' role a dream come true for Glen Ellyn actress

Posted: November 7, 2018

Actress Erica Stephan almost started crying when she tried on Belle's iconic yellow ballgown during costume fittings for "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at Drury Lane Theatre. Since childhood, the Glen Ellyn native has dreamed of playing Belle, th…


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2018 Jeffs to give special awards to four Chicago theaters still 'thriving' after 50 years

Posted: October 9, 2018

On Tuesday, the Jeff Awards announced that it will mark its 50th anniversary with special awards for four different theaters that are still “thriving” after half a century. This quartet includes Goodman Theatre (founded in 1925), Drury Lane Produc…


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Equity Jeff Awards to honor four theaters over 50

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre bowed in 1949, beginning with Drury Lane Evergreen Park (which closed in 2003) and the opening of Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace in 1984. In the past 30 years alone, Drury Lane Oakbrook has staged more than 2,000 productions (primaril…


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Jeff Committee recognizes enduring theaters, including Drury Lane, with special award

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre, a suburban mainstay for nearly 80 years (the last 34 in Oakbrook Terrace, the first 45 in Evergreen Park), is among four Chicago-area theaters that will be recognized for their longevity and their contributions during the 50th ann…


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Drury Lane casts 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Erica Stephan as its Belle

Posted: October 3, 2018

On Wednesday, Drury Lane Theatre announced the cast for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. The show will be directed by Alan Souza with choreography by Ron De Je…


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Review Roundup: LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS At The Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 17, 2018

Drury Lane presents Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman and direction and choreography by Scott Calcagno with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Little Shop of Horrors runs September 6 - October 28, 2018, at Dr…


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CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW Down on Skid Row

Posted: September 15, 2018

Welcome back, Scott Calcagno! This brilliantly multitalented, detail-oriented director returns to the Drury Lane Theatre after wowing audiences a few seasons back with his wonderful production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” as well …


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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Grow For Me!

Posted: September 15, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors (Musical) premiered Off Off-Broadway in 1982 as an Equity showcase at the WPA Theatre before becoming a smash hit Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in the East Village where it had a five-year run. The musical, which was orig…


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Little Shop of Horrors At the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 14, 2018

Oakbrook Terrace—It’s been so long since I’d seen a professional production of “Little Shop of Horrors” that I’d forgotten that it’s one of the most hip, funny, and ingenious musicals to tickle American audiences in the past generation. Happy memorie…


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“Little Shop of Horrors” Highly Recommended ****

Posted: September 14, 2018

Highly Recommended **** Back in the 1960’s, there was a dark comedy horror film about a plant that is about to take over the world. This film was the basis for the doo-wop musical, “Little Shop of Horrors”, now on the stage at the Drury Lane Theatre …


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