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Review: Hazel, A Musical Maid in America/Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: April 8, 2016

Hazel, that spunky maid with more heart than tact, was first introduced to the public as a single-panel cartoon in 1943. Immensely popular, the cartoon later became a sitcom starring Shirley Booth.


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An Absolute Doozie of a Cast

Posted: April 7, 2016

Back in the early 1960’s, a no-nonsense, take-charge live-in maid named Hazel Burke burst into American homes every week during five seasons of her televised popular family sitcom.


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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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Drury Lane debuts 'Hazel' musical inspired by '60s sitcom

Posted: March 25, 2016

New York actress Klea Blackhurst couldn't be more grateful to be back at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. After wowing critics and crowds as Madame Rose in Drury Lane's 2012 revival of "Gypsy," Blackhurst now creates the title leading role in …


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'Hazel,' a musical made for a maid, hopes to sweep families off their feet

Posted: March 24, 2016

On Feb. 28, 1966, CBS aired Episode 23 of the fifth and final season of a sitcom it had acquired from NBC the previous year. Titled "Hazel," the show was about a live-in maid, played by Shirley Booth, whose employers were George Baxter (a partner in …


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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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Holiday Theater and events for winter 2017-2018

Posted: November 15, 2017

No Surprise, Chicago Theaters are putting together an amazing line-up of holiday and winter programming. You'll find everything from traditional holiday fare to the classics and the irreverent.


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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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New Production of 42ND STREET Earns Raves

Posted: November 15, 2017

42ND STREET,the ultimate showbiz musical, perfectly captures the flavor and spirit of the early 1930s with a timeless score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and a hard-as-nails book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. But a new production at Drury Lane …


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Review: Drury Lane is the right address for '42nd Street'

Posted: November 14, 2017

“You’re going out there a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!” – Julian Marsh in “42nd Street”


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‘42nd Street’ revivals may duke it out for a spot on Broadway

Posted: November 14, 2017

Call it the battle of those dancing feet: Two acclaimed productions of “42nd Street” may soon go tap-to-tap for a shot at Broadway. The splashy revival at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane won raves from everyone, including the Duchess of Cambridg…


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New Production of 42ND STREET Earns Raves

Posted: November 14, 2017

42ND STREET,the ultimate showbiz musical, perfectly captures the flavor and spirit of the early 1930s with a timeless score by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and a hard-as-nails book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble. But a new production at Drury Lane …


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Review: The jazz-funk '42nd Street' at Drury Lane is one for the ages

Posted: November 12, 2017

Think you’ve seen “42nd Street” before? Not with jazz-funk orchestrations and a rock drum set and a truly diverse cast, you haven’t. Not with an ABBA-like synthesizer underpinning “We’re in the Money.” Not with echoes of “A Chorus Line.” Not with a “…


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