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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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BEACHES will replace Deathtrap in 2015-2016 Season

Posted: March 18, 2015

Drury Lane Theatre announces that the Broadway-Bound New Musical, BEACHES, will replace Deathtrap in its 2015-2016 season.


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Billy Elliot Press Release

Posted: March 16, 2015

The International smash-hit musical BILLY ELLIOT makes its regional premiere at Drury Lane Theatre on April 10 – June 7, 2015. Opening night is scheduled for April 16, 2015 at 8 p.m. Heralded as “A triumph! The #1 show of the year!" by Time Magazine …


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The Game's Afoot Press Release

Posted: August 28, 2014

Drury Lane Theatre continues its landmark 30th anniversary season with the winner of “Best Play” at the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe Awards, THE GAME’S AFOOT, previewing August 28, opening Thursday, September 4 at 8 p.m., and runni…


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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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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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