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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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Hazel Casting Announcement

Posted: February 29, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre opens its 2016-2017 season with the World Premiere musical comedy Hazel, A Musical Maid in America, based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip and the 1960s TV comedy series starring Shirley Booth.


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White Christmas Cast Announcement

Posted: October 16, 2015

The holidays are a special time here at Drury Lane, and this year will be no exception with our production of White Christmas, featuring Irving Berlin’s classic songs that audiences know and love, combined with spirited choreography by Matthew Crow…


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PETER Cast and Creative Team Announced

Posted: August 5, 2015

Drury Lane is thrilled to announce the cast and creative team for the regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning Peter and the Starcatcher, directed by Jeff Award-winner and Drury Lane Artistic Director William Osetek. Hailed as “astonishing” (The N…


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Cast Announced For BEACHES, A New Musical

Posted: April 30, 2015

Drury Lane Productions and Jennifer Maloney-Prezioso (Broadway: Spring Awakening, Rock of Ages) are thrilled to announce the cast for the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart.


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BEACHES Creative Team Announced

Posted: April 8, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre is thrilled to announce the complete creative team for the pre-Broadway production of Beaches, A New Musical, based on the beloved novel by Iris Rainer Dart. Debuting June 24 and running through August 16, 2015, the all new, origin…


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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: 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…