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Drury Lane director rocks out with hip-swiveling 'Birdie'

Posted: January 12, 2016

If the stage seems just a tad smaller when the lights go up on Drury Lane's production of "Bye Bye Birdie," you're not imagining things. For the musical set during the dawn of rock 'n roll and starring an Elvis-like pop star, director Tammy Mader is …


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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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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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Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation Chef Fest Feb. 8 at Drury Lane

Posted: January 11, 2018

The Elmhurst Memorial Hospital Foundation's 18th annual Chef Fest will be held Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Drury Lane Theatre & Conference Center, 100 Drury Ln. in Oakbrook Terrace. The event includes a variety of signature menu items produced by chefs f…


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Toast New Year's Eve at these suburban spots

Posted: January 3, 2018

Do you have plans yet to ring in the New Year? If not, here are some ideas of suburban restaurants and clubs hosting New Year's Eve parties and New Year's Day brunches. Don't delay making those reservations though.


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Best Chicago theater of 2017: These shows gave voice to our moment

Posted: December 15, 2017

The year 2017 was a year of disruption. This was not the best of times, but a season of justified outrage, of mealy-mouthed apology, of communicative disarray. No surprise, then, that the best Chicago shows of the year tended to tell stories of talki…


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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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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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