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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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Drury Lane and Lucille's Restaurant: Fine Dining and Iconic White Christmas Play

Posted: December 22, 2015

I visited the Drury Lane to enjoy Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Musical. This holiday romantic-comedy classic is about the journey of two Army friends that became Broadway stage stars who follow a sister singing act to a Vermont Inn. To their surpr…


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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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Curtain Call — Theater previews, openings April 6-12, 2018

Posted: April 4, 2018

Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions. Here are highlights of theater/dance performances and opening nights for April 6 to 12, 2018. “The Aristophanesathon”: Sean Graney’s four-hour adaptation of the 11 existing comedies of Aristopha…


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Conversations with Ed Tracy, De Usuris column item

Posted: March 29, 2018

March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!


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Themes of 'South Pacific' are more timely than ever

Posted: March 28, 2018

Amilestone Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's as timely today as when it was first staged comes to Drury Lane this spring. "South Pacific" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales From the South…


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Theater spotlight: Put down your smartphone for Metropolis' 'Internet Ate My Brain'

Posted: March 27, 2018

Comedian/writer Bill Dyszel, author of "Microsoft Outlook for Dummies," examines our reliance on technology while skewering online romance and selfie addiction in his one-man show "The Internet Ate My Brain." Dyszel performs his multimedia sendup at …


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URGENT Enthusiastic 'Joseph' nears the end of its run at Drury Lane

Posted: March 23, 2018

Audience members expecting the traditional production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" when the curtain goes up nightly at Drury Lane Theatre are in for a surprise. But, it's a pleasant surprise. The new rendition of "Joseph and t…


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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ – a new and different kind of dream

Posted: January 28, 2018

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED The first thing to know about the ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ production at Drury Lane Oakbrook is this isn’t the Sunday School version. Unlike the customary fare from the west suburban playhouse, it’s not eve…


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Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Posted: January 28, 2018

Where Some Dreams Should Stay Just A Dream!


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Any Dream Will Do

Posted: January 27, 2018

It appears that Drury Lane Oakbrook has turned into Chicago’s venue of reinvention. Beginning with their recent production of “42nd Street,” and continuing with this current offering, artistic leaders William Osetek and Kyle DeSantis have been encour…


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'Joseph' a flaming triumph

Posted: January 27, 2018

The opening night reminder for the Drury Lane's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat came with a caveat: "( T )his production of 'Joseph' includes adult content." Anyone passingly familiar with the squeaky-clean retelling of the Old Testament…


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No, No, No, Joseph: A Review of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at Drury Lane

Posted: January 27, 2018

When I arrived to see Drury Lane’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” I anticipated writing the sort of review where I express that while it isn’t my cup of tea, some people are into musical adaptations of Bible stories and…


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