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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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Review: 'Saturday Night Fever' not just a retro disco inferno

Posted: February 15, 2017

Knechtges has fully embraced the strangeness and disruptiveness of the piece, casting an ensemble who look and move like they're not in complete control of their own minds, which is a pretty realistic assessment of the typical denizens of a disco hal…


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Striving to live the dream in ‘Saturday Night Fever’

Posted: February 15, 2017

If you happened to be on the planet in 1977, you will surely recall the sensation generated by a guy named John Travolta who burst onto the screen as Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever," dressed in platform dancing shoes and slightly belled trouser…


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Drury Lane's skillfully revamped 'Saturday Night Fever' a feast of 1970s nostalgia

Posted: February 15, 2017

Drury Lane Theatre's skillfully revamped take on "Saturday Night Fever" opens with an enormous disco mirror ball rising to the rafters. The effect, which pays homage to the famed chandelier of "The Phantom of the Opera," gets the show off to a glitte…


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Saturday Night Fever: Review

Posted: February 15, 2017

Drury Lane Oakbrook, one of my favorite venues for musical theater, opened their latest production, “Saturday Night Fever”. Many of us recall the movie upon which this based on. It featured John Travolta and the glorious music of The Bee Gees.


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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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Hazel Casting Announcement

Posted: February 29, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth.


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White Christmas Cast Announcement

Posted: October 16, 2015

The holidays are a special time here at Drury Lane, and this year will be no exception with our production of White Christmas, featuring Irving Berlin’s classic songs that audiences know and love, combined with spirited choreography by Matthew Crow…


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Drury Lane's 'Smokey Joe's Cafe' set on Maxwell Street

Posted: August 30, 2016

Even if you've never seen "Smokey Joe's Cafe," you'll know the show's songs: "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "Yakety Yak," "On Broadway" — the 39-song tuner celebrates the music of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in all their hip-swivelin…


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Drury Lane asks patrons to keep mum on 'Deathtrap' twist

Posted: June 8, 2016

Here's the thing about "Deathtrap": You can't really talk about it without spoiling the absolutely forehead-smacking ending for people who haven't seen it. It's like "The Crying Game" or "The Sixth Sense": You think you know what's going on for the t…


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10 ON TUESDAY With Casey Lyons

Posted: May 10, 2016

BroadwayWorld Chicago brings you 10 ON Tuesday, featuring artists in and around Chicago. This week's questionnaire participant - 11-year-old Casey Lyons!


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Hazel, A Musical Maid in America

Posted: May 9, 2016

What is the specific challenge of basing a musical on an everyday housekeeper? As a writer who doesn’t cook and has never cleaned a window without making it look worse, the answer is clear.


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‘Hazel’ musical a mix of comic panel, classic TV series

Posted: March 29, 2016

To borrow the title of a Stephen Sondheim song: “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.” Of course the bawdy characters of ancient Rome who sang that number had someone very different in mind than Hazel Burke, the middle-aged bundle of energy whose innat…


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"Recommended" by Hedy Weiss

Posted: April 7, 2016

Hazel Burke, the professional live-in maid with the instincts of a natural-born psychologist, was born as a comic strip character in 1943 (the creation of Ted Key), and became the center of a popular 1960s television series in which she was memorably…


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“Hazel, a Musical Maid in America”

Posted: April 7, 2016

Another new musical has opened in the Chicago area. It is a musical version of an old television sit-com, “Hazel” ( bringing fame to actress Shirley Booth), having its World Premiere at Drury Lane.


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Review: A Birdie that's in on the Joke

Posted: January 29, 2016

It’s 1959, and the record producing company owned by Albert Peterson (Matt Crowle) and his mother, Mrs. Mae Peterson (Catherine Smitko) is in deep trouble. They’re deep in debt, and their sole major contract, teen heart-throb Conrad Birdie (Jason Mic…


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Review: Bye Bye Birdie

Posted: January 29, 2016

Director-choreographer Tammy Mader is a clever woman who respects the material enough to find the comedy in the show’s gentle send-up of middle America while also moving us with the glorious, albeit prerock, score.


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Review: 'Bye Bye Birdie' is a feather in Drury Lane’s cap

Posted: January 29, 2016

A desperate devotion to the pop star du jour, misunderstood teens and long-suffering parents standing in the way of attainable (and fully grown-up) life goals; if that sounds like something ripped from the headlines of your tween’s magazines, then we…