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Review: ‘The Color Purple’ at Drury Lane has all of the feeling this well-traveled musical has earned

Posted: September 20, 2019

Chicago has a long history with “The Color Purple,” the 2004 musical version of Alice Walker’s beloved story of suffering, resilience and triumph. As produced by Oprah Winfrey, the star of the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie, Gary Griffin’s original Broa…


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“And Then There Were None” filled with suspense

Posted: August 26, 2019

"And Then There Were None" playing at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook is an updated portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Classic Mystery penned in 1943. Directed by Jessica Fisch, the piece competes with many modern day detective series and mysteries. It do…


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Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ gets the fine staging it deserves at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: August 1, 2019

The Oakbrook Terrace production shows why well-crafted mysteries are so enduring, is suitably macabre and ably highlights the writer’s humor and underlying moral commentary.


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BWW Review: Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Thrills at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: July 30, 2019

Agatha Christie, the "Queen of Mystery." The numbers speak for themselves: best-selling novelist of all time (more than two billion sold), most-translated author (more than 100 languages), and author of the world's longest running play (THE MOUSETRAP…


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Drury Lane's 'And Then There Were None' revival brings chills, laughter

Posted: July 30, 2019

"And Then There Were None" -- ★ ★ ★ ½ Little happens on suburban or Chicago stages except by design. And in Drury Lane Theatre's urbane and unexpectedly amusing "And Then There Were None," that includes laughter.


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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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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.