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REVIEW: The pleasures of Pan never grow old

Posted: September 11, 2015

The Lost Boys yuk it up with the best of 'em in this show, but they also talk about the darkness that surrounds those unlucky enough to be lost in one of the world's many caves, hoping to catch at least a partial glimpse of a star.


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher (Drury Lane Oakbrook)

Posted: September 9, 2015

There’s something rather satisfying in seeing how iconic fairy tale characters came to be, whether it’s a frightened lion cub or a crowing orphan who never grows up. With Peter and the Starcatcher, we get Peter Pan’s backstory as well the fanciful ad…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher/Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 9, 2015

“Peter and the Starcatcher,” now playing at Drury Lane Theatre, attempts to tell the story of how Peter Pan—the boy and the myth—became ageless. Directed by William Osetek, this production boasts a strong cast of actors. Caleb Donahoe (Boy) is charmi…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher

Posted: September 7, 2015

What makes “Peter…” worth visiting is the brilliant stagecraft, comprised of a full dozen flawless performances, creative and invigorating directing, and imaginative costume, set, lighting, and sound designs. The production’s motor never slows as the…


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REVIEW: Peter and the Starcatcher at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 7, 2015

I felt like the vibe of the show was really cool. I liked how it seemed kind of like a storefront production even though it was a very big show in a theater with like a thousand people. The set (by Scott Davis) was very budgeted looking, which I thin…


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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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3 Popular Musicals Sing of Quest for Self-Esteem

Posted: September 17, 2018

They are set in different eras, and come with notably different sounds and story lines, but the three musicals now being produced on local stages – “Little Shop of Horrors” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook, “Sweet Charity” at the Marriott Theatre in…


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‘Little Shop of Horrors’ – a silly little musical that feeds on blood

Posted: September 17, 2018

With Halloween 2018 on the horizon, “Little Shop of Horrors” plays into the spookiness of the season. The sort-of-dark musical comedy is now running at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. It’s more spirited, shall we say, than scary.


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VIDEO: Get A First Look at LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 14, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at the Drury Lane's Little Shop of Horrors, with music by Alan Menken and book by Howard Ashman and direction and choreography by Scott Calcagno with music direction by Roberta Duchak. Little Shop of Horrors runs throug…


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Fall theater: 10 shows that excite Chris Jones the most

Posted: September 7, 2018

There’s a new work from Bruce Norris likely to prove incendiary. Performance artist David Cale stages a piece drawn from his own family history. It’s another day at the office for the 94-year-old actor Mike Nussbaum. “Tootsie” tries out in Chicago, e…


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5 must-see theater performances for teens this fall

Posted: September 7, 2018

The curtain may be coming down on summer, but it’s going up on great shows around Chicago this fall that are well-suited to tweens and teens. Not only can adolescents stay up later, they can handle more adult themes. I’ve found that talking about a p…


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The Color Purple Review – The Power of Sisterhood

Posted: September 21, 2019

Drury Lane presents the Tony award-winning production of The Color Purple; book by Marsha Norman; music and lyrics by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The show runs now through November 3, 2019.


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PicksInSix Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 21, 2019

“WHO’S WEARIN’ THE PANTS, NOW!” The unwavering love of two sisters and their transformative journey drives “The Color Purple,” the 2005 award-winning musical that is now playing in an exuberant and richly textured Lili-Anne Brown-directed revival …


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The Color Purple At the Drury Lane Theatre By Dan Zeff

Posted: September 21, 2019

Oakbrook Terrace– Standing ovations seem to be automatic in Chicagoland theater. The enthusiasm of audiences can be questioned too often, but not in the case of the Drury Lane revival of “The Color Purple.” The raucous, occasionally disruptive openin…


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THE EVOLUTION OF FORMIDABLE WOMEN

Posted: September 21, 2019

Steven Spielberg brought Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning book "The Color Purple" to life in 1985 with his film adaptation. Spielberg touched upon the challenging and hard aspects of Celie's life told through the narration of a series of le…


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“The Color Purple”

Posted: September 21, 2019

★★★★★ There was a buzz at Drury Lane Theatre, both before the opening of “The Color Purple” and even louder after. Many of us know the film and play from the past ( and of course “Oprah”), but the changes made to this marvelous story are powerful. Th…


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