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REVIEW: Drury Lane Theatre has first regional Chicagoland production of 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Posted: September 5, 2015

Each person has his or her favorite character to cheer for in an adventure story. Depending on the audience, it can be the hero or heroine garnering all the applause, or at times, it can even be the bad guy who is the most fun to cheer on. There's a …


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REVIEW: Drury Lane's 'Starcatcher' a well-told tale and jolly good time

Posted: September 5, 2015

What "Peter and the Starcatcher" lacks in glitz, Drury Lane's production makes up with gusto and superb performances from a talented, indefatigable cast led by newcomer Caleb Donahoe and veterans Matt Mueller and Emma Rosenthal.


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REVIEW: Drury's 'Starcatcher' is first-rate production of musical theatre lite

Posted: September 4, 2015

But make no mistake, Drury Lane Theatre’s current production of the 2012 five-time Tony winner, billed as a musical play for its three songs by Wayne Barker, is terrific, professional, prime time theatre. The show is just 10-12 songs from being a ful…


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REVIEW: "Peter and the Starcatcher" has its heart in the right place

Posted: September 4, 2015

I have a huge conundrum when it comes to “Peter and the Starcatcher,” the play by Rick Elice (based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson) that serves as a “prequel” to “Peter Pan.” And the many facets of that conundrum were driven home Thurs…


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REVIEW: "Peter and the Starcatcher"

Posted: September 4, 2015

There are often times that rating a play becomes a difficult task indeed. Tonight’s opening of “Peter and the StarCatcher” is just one of those “times”. While the Midwest premiere at Drury Lane Oakbrook is far better than the original Broadway In Ch…


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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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The First Couple of Chicago Theatre Returns in The Gin Game

Posted: June 22, 2017

With these two names on the marquee, the Drury Lane Theatre’s production boasts theatre royalty.


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Long-married Drury Lane 'Gin Game' stars share success on and off stage

Posted: June 19, 2017

From that day six years ago when he asked Paula Scrofano and John Reeger to star in Drury Lane Theatre's revival of "The Gin Game," artistic director William Osetek has been on pins and needles. He was afraid some other artistic director would realiz…


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Oak Brook plans summer concert series

Posted: June 16, 2017

The 35th anniversary season of Oak Brook Park District's Outdoor Summer Concerts in Central Park will offer a little more magic as the park district has partnered with sponsor Drury Lane to bring back Oak Brook favorites such as the Rhythm Rockets an…


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Pair of winning twilight years roles in the cards with Drury Lane's 'Gin Game'

Posted: June 16, 2017

They joke that they're "retired," but every time Chicago's first couple of theater thinks they've gotten out, they get pulled back in. So it goes with Paula Scrofano and John Reeger, who open June 22 in Drury Lane Theatre's "The Gin Game." Over th…


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Drury Lane stages 'James and the Giant Peach'

Posted: May 30, 2017

An orphan's life turns brighter after he discovers a massive piece of fruit in "James and the Giant Peach." Inside that peach, James finds special friends like Ladybug played by Donica Lynn in the Drury Lane Theatre for Young Audiences' production of…


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Guy Lockard: A Great Addition To Chicago Musical

Posted: May 25, 2017

No matter how often a signature show is produced, if it is a classic—we anticipate how well the next group of creators will deliver it and pray that they don’t mess it up. This was not the case for the musical Chicago, which premiered at the Drury L…


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Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre)

Posted: May 20, 2017

For 21 years, Chicago has been running on Broadway in a revival that’s stripped down to almost concert-level minimalism. The numerous tours of of the show that have come through the show’s namesake city have been replicas of the Broadway incarnation:…


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Saturday Night Fever, Critic’s Pick

Posted: February 16, 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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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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