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Drury Lane director rocks out with hip-swiveling 'Birdie'

Posted: January 12, 2016

If the stage seems just a tad smaller when the lights go up on Drury Lane's production of "Bye Bye Birdie," you're not imagining things. For the musical set during the dawn of rock 'n roll and starring an Elvis-like pop star, director Tammy Mader is …


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Before Broadway, Musicals Make a Detour to Test the Waters in Chicago

Posted: January 12, 2016

CHICAGO — When the director Jerry Mitchell was looking for a place to try out a new musical about a struggling shoe company saved by a drag queen, he picked Chicago because the city was familiar (Mr. Mitchell grew up in the Midwest) and the audiences…


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2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards: AMERICAN IDIOT, BOY FROM OZ, Drury Lane Theatre Head the Winners List; Paparelli Posthumously Honored

Posted: January 11, 2016

The Chicagoland theater world showed its strength last night, when the musical productions "American Idiot," "Billy Elliot" and "Les Miserables," and plays like "Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys" and "The Glass Protégé," took home top honors…


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Winter theater preview 2016: Major tours and world premieres

Posted: December 31, 2015

The first half of 2016 promises an abundance of theatrical riches in Chicago. Here are 10 especially promising selections, though there could have been at least 50 shows on this list. Enjoy what we have. And a very happy new year.


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Klea Blackhurst and HAZEL Team Prepare for World Premiere at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: December 23, 2015

On April 6th 2016 The Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre will present the World Premiere of Hazel, a new musical based on the popular comic strip character and 1960's TV show. With music by Ron Abel, Lyrics by Chuck Steffan, book by Lissa Levin, and directe…


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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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