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REVIEW: Matt Raftery Shines In Drury Lane’s WHITE CHRISTMAS

Posted: November 8, 2015

For the last decade, theater has been run amok with our favorite holiday or more precisely Christmas films making the transition to the stage. When so many of those movies resonate in our collective memory and feature some of our most beloved stars…


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REVIEW: Drury Lane's cozy 'White Christmas' dishes out holiday cheer

Posted: November 8, 2015

It's a little ironic that many of America's most memorable Christmas carols were created by Jewish songwriters. The title alone of the 2004 stage musical "Irving Berlin's White Christmas" is a potent reminder of this fact, and local audiences can rev…


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REVIEW: White Christmas

Posted: November 7, 2015

Whether ready to start dreaming of a “White Christmas,” the Drury Lane Theatre's stage adaptation of this holiday classic opened Nov. 5 in Oakbrook Terrace and is already thrilling fans of the 1954 movie.


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REVIEW: A Sparkling Trip Home for the Holidays

Posted: November 7, 2015

The snow’s falling a little earlier this year up in Oakbrook Terrace. Drury Lane’s newest offering is a stage adaptation of the 1954 film classic and a beautiful, sparkling Christmas confection to kick off the holiday season. This is a warm, old-fash…


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REVIEW: The charming holiday show delivers everything good about classic Hollywood musicals without the schmaltz

Posted: November 6, 2015

As retailers trot out their fake snow displays before Halloween, inboxes are buried in an avalanche of holiday promotions and Black Friday shoppers prepare to brawl over the latest Star Wars figurine, it’s easy to turn cynical this time of year.


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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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Before Broadway, Musicals Make a Detour to Test the Waters in Chicago

Posted: January 12, 2016

CHICAGO — When the director Jerry Mitchell was looking for a place to try out a new musical about a struggling shoe company saved by a drag queen, he picked Chicago because the city was familiar (Mr. Mitchell grew up in the Midwest) and the audiences…


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2015 BroadwayWorld Chicago Awards: AMERICAN IDIOT, BOY FROM OZ, Drury Lane Theatre Head the Winners List; Paparelli Posthumously Honored

Posted: January 11, 2016

The Chicagoland theater world showed its strength last night, when the musical productions "American Idiot," "Billy Elliot" and "Les Miserables," and plays like "Direct from Death Row the Scottsboro Boys" and "The Glass Protégé," took home top honors…


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Chicago Theatre Week offers much for families

Posted: January 5, 2016

For newcomers to the theatrical glory that is Chicago Theatre Week created by the League of Chicago Theatres and Choose Chicago, the premise is marvelous. From Feb. 11-21, theater tickets will be priced at $30, $15, or even less all across town. That…


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Winter theater preview 2016: Major tours and world premieres

Posted: December 31, 2015

The first half of 2016 promises an abundance of theatrical riches in Chicago. Here are 10 especially promising selections, though there could have been at least 50 shows on this list. Enjoy what we have. And a very happy new year.


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Klea Blackhurst and HAZEL Team Prepare for World Premiere at Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: December 23, 2015

On April 6th 2016 The Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre will present the World Premiere of Hazel, a new musical based on the popular comic strip character and 1960's TV show. With music by Ron Abel, Lyrics by Chuck Steffan, book by Lissa Levin, and directe…


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Review: Yes, 'Mamma Mia!' is back and yes, it's still a hit, especially at the Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

“‘Mamma Mia!’ You’re Showing Your Age,’” read the headline on one of my past, ever-wearying reviews of an ABBA-fueled show that is to jukebox cash-cows what eukaryotic single-celled microorganisms are to human life.


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Drury Lane's 'Mamma Mia!' a tuneful, warm-weather getaway

Posted: February 22, 2019

"Mamma Mia!" -- ★ ★ ★ You have to hand it Drury Lane Theatre for wisely producing "Mamma Mia!" at the tail-end of winter. Oakbrook Terrace audiences get to experience a temporary warm-weather getaway thanks to this globally successful 1999 jukebox m…


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Mamma Mia! – Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

Artistic Director, William Osetek has staged a fresh and exciting new production of the 1999 smash hit musical, a show that became a cult classic for Baby Boomers twenty years ago, and is one of Broadway’s original juke box musicals. Taking almost tw…


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Review | MAMMA MIA! at Drury Lane

Posted: February 22, 2019

MAMMA MIA! Is absolute fluff. It’s a jukebox musical featuring the music of ABBA, for Pete’s sake. And I am here for it. Sometimes all you want is a romp through a mythical Greek island in a flashy bell-bottom jumpsuit.


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“Mamma Mia!”

Posted: February 21, 2019

★★★★★Just when I thought I had enough “Mamma Mia!” productions, along comes another sharply staged rendition of this zany musical that was put together using the powerful music of ABBA at Drury Lane Theatre. Under the careful eye of its director, Wil…