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REVIEW: Irving Berlin’s White Christmas/Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: November 6, 2015

A film-to-stage musical enjoying regional success, “White Christmas” is based on the 1954 movie of the same name. Starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney and Vera-Ellen, the movie was “a smash hit,” earning that year’s highest grosses.


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REVIEW: A sparkling ‘White Christmas’ at Drury Lane showcases Irving Berlin’s genius

Posted: November 6, 2015

No doubt about it: Drury Lane Theatre’s lavish production of “White Christmas,” the classic Irving Berlin musical that is equal parts comedy, pathos, show business homage, patriotic hymn, tap dance showcase and American songbook par excellence, is se…


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REVIEW: White Christmas, the Musical

Posted: November 6, 2015

What a week! Just days after watching “Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin”, we moved out to Oakbrook to view a spectacular production of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas, the Musical”! Talk about a week to remember! This is it, for sure! Tis the season …


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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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Drury Lane decks the halls early with 'White Christmas'

Posted: October 29, 2015

This year at Drury Lane, it's entirely possible to find yourself humming "Happy Holidays" on Halloween. The final day of October marks the third preview performance for the venerable dinner theater's production of '"Irving Berlin's White Christmas."


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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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DRURY LANE'S "SOUTH PACIFIC" A FUN, ROMANTIC ADVENTURE

Posted: April 15, 2018

“South Pacific” is a timeless Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical full of wonderful romance and social commentary about racism that is important for young and old to experience today and I was thoroughly impressed with Drury Lane’s warm, happy, romanti…


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Photo Flash: Robert Cuccioli Stars in SOUTH PACIFIC Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: April 13, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre announces casting for the first production of its 2018/2019 season, the Tony Award-winning musical South Pacific, with music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar HammersteinII, book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Josh Logan, and adapte…


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Curtain Call — Theater previews, openings April 6-12, 2018

Posted: April 4, 2018

Chicago’s stages are alive with vibrant productions. Here are highlights of theater/dance performances and opening nights for April 6 to 12, 2018. “The Aristophanesathon”: Sean Graney’s four-hour adaptation of the 11 existing comedies of Aristopha…


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Conversations with Ed Tracy, De Usuris column item

Posted: March 29, 2018

March came in like a lion and out like a wolf in Chicago - a Loyola Wolf, that is! The Ramblers are headed to the NCAA Final Four this weekend. Buckle up for a BIG game on Saturday!


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Themes of 'South Pacific' are more timely than ever

Posted: March 28, 2018

Amilestone Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that's as timely today as when it was first staged comes to Drury Lane this spring. "South Pacific" is a Rodgers and Hammerstein musical adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Tales From the South…


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Review: Yes, 'Mamma Mia!' is back and yes, it's still a hit, especially at the Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

“‘Mamma Mia!’ You’re Showing Your Age,’” read the headline on one of my past, ever-wearying reviews of an ABBA-fueled show that is to jukebox cash-cows what eukaryotic single-celled microorganisms are to human life.


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Drury Lane's 'Mamma Mia!' a tuneful, warm-weather getaway

Posted: February 22, 2019

"Mamma Mia!" -- ★ ★ ★ You have to hand it Drury Lane Theatre for wisely producing "Mamma Mia!" at the tail-end of winter. Oakbrook Terrace audiences get to experience a temporary warm-weather getaway thanks to this globally successful 1999 jukebox m…


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Mamma Mia! – Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

Artistic Director, William Osetek has staged a fresh and exciting new production of the 1999 smash hit musical, a show that became a cult classic for Baby Boomers twenty years ago, and is one of Broadway’s original juke box musicals. Taking almost tw…


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Review | MAMMA MIA! at Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

MAMMA MIA! Is absolute fluff. It’s a jukebox musical featuring the music of ABBA, for Pete’s sake. And I am here for it. Sometimes all you want is a romp through a mythical Greek island in a flashy bell-bottom jumpsuit.


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“Mamma Mia!”

Posted: February 21, 2019

★★★★★Just when I thought I had enough “Mamma Mia!” productions, along comes another sharply staged rendition of this zany musical that was put together using the powerful music of ABBA at Drury Lane Theatre. Under the careful eye of its director, Wil…