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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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A Look at Drury Lane Theatre's Beauty and the Beast in Chicago

Posted: January 3, 2019

Erica Stephan and Brandon Contreras star as Belle and the Beast, respectively, in the Alan Souza-helmed Disney musical.


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'Beauty and the Beast' role a dream come true for Glen Ellyn actress

Posted: November 7, 2018

Actress Erica Stephan almost started crying when she tried on Belle's iconic yellow ballgown during costume fittings for "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" at Drury Lane Theatre. Since childhood, the Glen Ellyn native has dreamed of playing Belle, th…


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2018 Jeffs to give special awards to four Chicago theaters still 'thriving' after 50 years

Posted: October 9, 2018

On Tuesday, the Jeff Awards announced that it will mark its 50th anniversary with special awards for four different theaters that are still “thriving” after half a century. This quartet includes Goodman Theatre (founded in 1925), Drury Lane Produc…


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Equity Jeff Awards to honor four theaters over 50

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre bowed in 1949, beginning with Drury Lane Evergreen Park (which closed in 2003) and the opening of Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace in 1984. In the past 30 years alone, Drury Lane Oakbrook has staged more than 2,000 productions (primaril…


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Jeff Committee recognizes enduring theaters, including Drury Lane, with special award

Posted: October 9, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre, a suburban mainstay for nearly 80 years (the last 34 in Oakbrook Terrace, the first 45 in Evergreen Park), is among four Chicago-area theaters that will be recognized for their longevity and their contributions during the 50th ann…


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Review: A Lot of Livin' to Do

Posted: January 25, 2016

Wringing down the curtain on their 2015-16 season of excellence, the multitalented director/choreographer Tammy Mader has brought new life and color to one of musical theatre’s classic shows.


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Review: 'Bye Bye Birdie' a sweet return to 1950s rock 'n' roll

Posted: January 22, 2016

Tammy Mader's staging of "Bye Bye Birdie," which she also choreographs, makes up for the creaky joints in Michael Stewart's book with plenty of kicky dance numbers and some standout performances.


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REVIEW: EVERYTHING’S FINE IN ‘59

Posted: January 22, 2016

It’s as welcome as flowers that bloom in the spring: A cascading, minute-by-minute hit, Bye Bye Birdie is a showcase for happiness even as it merrily mocks the pseudo-innocent “togetherness” of the Eisenhower Era and the scary advent of rock ‘n’ roll…


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Review: Bye Bye Birdie ★★★★★

Posted: January 22, 2016

When a theater wants to end its season with a bang, it seems they go back in history and find one of the oldies but goodies that theater audiences adore. One of these Musical Theater treasures is “Bye Bye Birdie” with a clever book by Michael Stewart…


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Drury Lane and Lucille's Restaurant: Fine Dining and Iconic White Christmas Play

Posted: December 22, 2015

I visited the Drury Lane to enjoy Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Musical. This holiday romantic-comedy classic is about the journey of two Army friends that became Broadway stage stars who follow a sister singing act to a Vermont Inn. To their surpr…