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Drury Lane’s Matilda is uneven despite a great cast

Posted: May 4, 2019

Life can be very scary when you are a child. Everything around you is so big and potentially terrifying that you cling onto the elements of life in which you feel secure: home, because parents are supposed to be the safe zone, and friends, because th…


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MATILDA A Girl Who is Dreaming of a Better Life

Posted: May 4, 2019

Matilda, the treasured novel written by the twisted genius Roald Dahl who felt that children abandoned reading for playing video games and watching mindless television programs wrote this cautionary tale in 1983 to champion reading for kids. Matilda,…


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Photo Flash: First Look at Drury Lane Theatre's MATILDA

Posted: May 3, 2019

Wonder and amazement abound! Get a first look below at Drury Lane Theatre's Regional Premiere of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, featuring Chicago resident Audrey Edwards and Warrenville native Natalie Galla sharing the title role. With book by Den…


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Review: 'Matilda the Musical' at the Drury Lane is mostly a letdown

Posted: May 3, 2019

"Matilda," the proto-feminist story of a gifted little girl with nasty parents, is perhaps the best family musical of this young century. Prescient for 2010, it managed both to be a thrilling, spectacular event in London, on Broadway and on tour and …


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“Matilda: the Musical”

Posted: May 3, 2019

★★★★★ I know that for some, my rating may seem a bit high for this musical version of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda”, but compared to the Broadway tour that whizzed into Chicago in 2016, the current production, now on the stage at Drury Lane Theatre, is a fa…


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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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On Set with Drury Lane's WHITE CHRISTMAS

Posted: December 8, 2015

We chatted with choreographer Matt Crowle about taking on this special production. A true triple-threat, Matt acts, choreographs and teaches across the country. We couldn’t help but pick the brain—or rather shoes—of the man behind the extensive taps …


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2nd annual WGN Drive-Thru Food Drive

Posted: November 25, 2015

Sean Allan Krill appears on WGN’s 2nd Annual Food Drive during their morning news, talking about White Christmas and performing “Count Your Blessings.”


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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."


Smash's Joshua Bergasse Tapped to Helm Broadway-Aimed Hazel, Starring Klea Blackhurst

Posted: October 26, 2015

We previously reported that Hazel was in the works and it’s now been announced that the musical will make its world premiere in Chicago. Directed and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse (Smash, On the Town), the Broadway-aimed production will play March…


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Drury Lane has Broadway plans for new musical 'Hazel'

Posted: October 26, 2015

The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace has scheduled another new musical with Broadway ambitions — "Hazel," a show based on the character from the Saturday Evening Post comic strip and the popular TV series starring Shirley Booth, who won two Emm…


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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…