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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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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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CHRP Alumni Take Tap Skills to Drury Lane's 42ND STREET

Posted: November 14, 2017

For 28 years, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) has exposed young participants and scholarship students to the teaching and experience of masters in the field like Savion Glover, Jimmy Slyde, Dianne "Lady Di" Walker and more. CHRP alumni include ma…


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Two Productions of 42ND STREET Are Vying to Shuffle Off to Broadway

Posted: November 14, 2017

Seems like we will be hearing THE LULLABY OF BROADWAY once more. Right now it’s a battle for 2 acclaimed productions of the legendary musical 42nd Street. One production may SHUFFLE it’s way back to NYC next season. Will it be the current revival i…


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Photo Flash: 42ND STREET Celebrates Opening Night at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: November 9, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion. 42nd Street is based on the no…


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42nd Street

Posted: November 8, 2017

42nd Street When: Through 1/7: Wed 1:30 PM, Thu 1:30 and 8 PM, Fri 8 PM, Sat 5 and 8:30 PM, Sun 2 and 6 PM Price: $57 Originally produced on Broadway in 1980, this musical takes its title and some of its plot and tunes from the iconic 1933 film,…


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Drury Lane’s “Rock of Ages”

Posted: October 1, 2017

Drury Lane’s “Rock of Ages” stars Nicholas Druzbanski & Tiffany Tatreau join Dean Richards in the Showcase studio. “Rock of Ages” is directed by Scott Weinstein as it’s set during the end of the 1980s. The show follows a cast of characters from The B…


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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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