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Review: 'Matilda' at Drury Lane is Broadway-quality work

Posted: May 23, 2019

One of the greatest storytellers of the 20th century, Roald Dahl, published his children's novel “Matilda” in 1988. It was adapted as a stage musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company, received its West End premiere in 2011 and won seven Olivier Award…


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'Matilda' musical in Oakbrook Terrace steals hearts at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: May 6, 2019

OAKBROOK TERRACE – A deliciously twisted musical comedy awaits audiences in the Drury Lane Theatre production of "Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical," playing through June 23 in Oakbrook Terrace.


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PicksInSix Review: ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Posted: May 5, 2019

‘MATILDA' “AN EXCEPTION TO THE RULE” Rules are meant to be broken—theatrical and otherwise—so while Roald Dahl’s “Matilda The Musical,” playing at the Drury Lane Theatre never strays far from the familiar twists and turns that have popularized th…


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BWW Review: ROALD DAHL'S MATILDA THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: May 5, 2019

British novelist Roald Dahl possessed that rare quality in an author of children's books: the ability to captivate the imaginations of his young readers and simultaneously entertain their parents. His distinctive witty prose, dark humor, and eccentri…


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‘Matilda’ is fun, smart and frightfully fabulous at Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: May 5, 2019

Roald Dahl was a writer of frightful brilliance. Here are some of the things that befall small children in Tim Minchin (music and lyrics) and Dennis Kelly’s (book) frightfully spot-on stage adaptation of Dahl’s ”Matilda”


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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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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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“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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Drury Lane's 'Matilda the Musical' celebrates reading, rebellion

Posted: May 3, 2019

"Matilda the Musical" - ★ ★ ★ ½ Never have "revolting children" been so endearing as the youngsters in "Matilda the Musical," a witty, arresting show about a book-loving young girl who uses imagination, intellect and language to combat bullying pare…


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Matilda the Musical

Posted: May 3, 2019

Oakbrook Terrace– “Matilda the Musical” is a call to arms, rousing youngsters to rise up against the forces that oppress their childhoods—bullying by their peers, difficult parents, tyrannical teachers, and their own doubts and insecurities. Some aud…


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PicksInSix Review: MAMMA MIA!

Posted: February 24, 2019

“IS THERE A MAN OUT THERE?” For those of us of a certain age, the Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus music at the core of the ABBA musical phenomenon “Mamma Mia!” is inextricably seared in our consciousness–a critical part of what we were to become…


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What A Fun Night At Drury Lane!

Posted: February 22, 2019

Drury Lane has brought to the stage the 1999 international megahit musical Mamma Mia, and it’s a blast. This musical will have you dancing in the isles and remembering the days of bell-bottom pants and platform shoes. Written by Catherine Johnson, th…