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What About Love?

Posted: September 21, 2019

The Color Purple – Drury Lane Theatre Love’s transformative and healing power can redirect a person’s life. A feeling of positive self-worth can bring an individual full circle, from subservience and hopelessness to independence and confidence. Th…


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Drury Lane Theatre presents THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL Review: Heartfelt and Emotional Storytelling

Posted: September 20, 2019

Drury Lane Theatre presents THE COLOR PURPLE: THE MUSICAL, directed by Lilli-Anne Brown. Running at Drury Lane Theatre is a HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Best Play Pick.


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Drury Lane’s “The Color Purple” celebrates the power of love and spirituality

Posted: September 20, 2019

Review by Karen Topham, American Theatre Critics Association member; photo by Brett Beiner Photography. Overall, Broadway musicals have been a historically white medium. Though Porgy and Bess is generally seen as a classic, in the decades since we…


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Drury Lane ensemble emotionally elevates 'The Color Purple'

Posted: September 20, 2019

"The Color Purple" - ★ ★ ★ ½ It's hard to shake the feeling that the 2005 Broadway musical "The Color Purple" is in a perpetual race with itself.


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‘The Color Purple’ is perfection on every level, from powerhouse cast to glorious song

Posted: September 20, 2019

Director Lili-Anne Brown’s staging is wondrous take on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel.


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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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Theater events: 'Peter and the Starcatcher' makes regional premiere at Drury Lane

Posted: August 20, 2015

Artistic director William Osetek helms Drury Lane Theatre's regional premiere of "Peter and the Starcatcher," the Tony Award-winning coming-of-age play with music by Rick Elice ("Jersey Boys").


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Chicago theater openings for the week of Aug. 21-27

Posted: August 19, 2015

This Peter Pan prequel tells the tales and adventures of Peter pre-Wendy.


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All-Chicago Cast Set for PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: August 6, 2015

Drury Lane has announced the cast and creative team for the regional premiere of the Tony-nominated Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Jeff Award-winner and Drury Lane Artistic Director William Osetek. Hailed as "astonishing" (The New Yorker) and…


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West Side Story WOWS at the Drury Lane Oakbrook

Posted: February 1, 2015

A recent press release noted that it’s officially the fastest-selling production in Drury Lane’s 30-year history. Don’t miss this performance. It’s a glorious example of what a big vision can do for an iconic musical production.


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Drury Lane Announces 2015-2016 Season

Posted: December 22, 2014

Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Theatre, announced that the Broadway-bound production, Beaches, will replace Deathtrap from June 24 through Aug. 16. Presenting the first new work on the Drury Lane stage in 21 years, Beaches signifies the theat…


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REVIEW: Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” makes for a warmly nostalgic Drury Lane musical

Posted: November 5, 2015

Flashing back to 1954, few movies were able to melt the snow faster than “White Christmas,” the year’s highest grossing silver screen blockbuster starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen. Considering it’s been an annual favor…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Star Catcher – Taking flight in the suburbs

Posted: September 23, 2015

The highflying and slapstick comedy, playwright Rick Elice’s Peter and the Starcatcher has made its debut at the Drury Lane Theatre. This affable and harmless piece of family fare entertainment provides many giggles as we glimpse into the word where …


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REVIEW: Drury Lane finds the starstuff in the whimsical Peter Pan prequel.

Posted: September 16, 2015

Osetek and his fine cast execute it to a T. Newcomer Caleb Donahoe is winningly energetic as the unnamed boy who becomes Peter Pan; Emma Rosenthal, as the overachieving, uptight Molly, is a bit by the book, but that may just be the role. And speaking…


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REVIEW: 'Peter and the Starcatcher,' a lively production at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 16, 2015

William Osetek ably directs the ensemble of 12, keeping both the plot and the witty wordplay flowing. All men except for Rosenthal’s fearless, feisty Molly, the poster child for girl power who will go on to become the more domesticated Wendy’s mother…


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REVIEW: Sea worthy

Posted: September 15, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre artistic director, William Osetek, has always liked seeing the tricks behind magic tricks. And he enjoys seeing theatrical shows that reveal the secrets behind an onstage illusion. “When someone’s flying onstage with a rig, it is a…