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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

May 09, 2017 at 5:54 PM

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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 Lane Theatre which is performing CHICAGO, the acclaimed musical featuring "When You're Good to Mama".

The Mother's Day appropriate song is written by John Kander (music) and Fred Ebb (lyrics). It is performed by Jeff Award winner E. Faye Butler as Matron Mama Morton, who shares the stage with Broadway favorites Kelly Felthous (WICKED) as Roxie Hart and Alena Watters (THE ADDAMS FAMILY) as Velma Kelly. All three roles received attention via the Oscar-winning film adaptation for which Queen Latifah and Renée Zellweger garnered Academy Award nominations, and Catherine Zeta-Jones took home the gold in 2002.

Today, the work (which includes book by Ebb and Bob Fosse) returns to its theatrical roots with a live production directed by Drury Lane Theatre's Artistic Director and Jeff Award winner William Osetek. Tony Award nominee Jane Lanier, a student of Fosse's, supplies the choreography while Roberta Duchak provides musical direction.

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, CHICAGO won six Tonys, two Olivier Awards, and a Grammy. If that's not enough, it's also the longest running American musical in Broadway history. Appropriate for children 13 and older, and ideal for moms, the latest stage rendition can be seen through June 18 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. For tickets ($30 - $60), call 630-530-0111or visit