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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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Drury Lane casts 'Beauty and the Beast,' with Erica Stephan as its Belle

Posted: October 3, 2018

On Wednesday, Drury Lane Theatre announced the cast for “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, book by Linda Woolverton. The show will be directed by Alan Souza with choreography by Ron De Je…


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Drury Lane Has Its BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Cast and Creatives

Posted: October 3, 2018

Drury Lane Theatre has announced the cast and design team for Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton.


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Halloween season brings theatrical thrills and chills for fall

Posted: September 30, 2018

"Little Shop of Horrors" A sickly little plant blossoms into a man-eating monster that bedevils the kindly floral shop employee who nurtured it in "Little Shop of Horrors," the 1982 musical by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Drury Lane Theatre's revi…


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New York actress Kelly Felthous makes a brand new start of it — in Chicago

Posted: September 26, 2018

Not long ago, a New York-based actress named Kelly Felthous found herself auditioning for Roxie Hart in the musical “Chicago.” The audition was in Manhattan, but the theater was the Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.


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Photo Flash: Inside Opening Night of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS at Drury Lane

Posted: September 18, 2018

Drury Lane presents 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 September 6 - October 28, 2018, at Dr…


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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…