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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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Be good to Mama this Mother's Day with Drury Lane play

Posted: May 9, 2017

According to the National Restaurant Association, six in ten Americans will celebrate Mother's Day by dining out. That translates into a lot of busy eateries. But in Oakbrook Terrace, consumers can skip waiting for a table by securing seats to Drury …


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"Chicago" review: All that jazz with a lot of razzle dazzle

Posted: May 6, 2017

Chicago that wonderful town with the numerous nicknames “The Windy City,” The "City of Big Shoulders" and "Hog Butcher to the World," is also known as the third largest city in the United States. People around the world come to Chicago to see its won…


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Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Posted: March 16, 2017

Casting announced for CHICAGO at Drury Lane


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'Chicago' coming to Drury Lane Theatre next year

Posted: May 25, 2016

Come springtime next year, Drury Lane Theatre will be the first local company to produce "Chicago" in decades, the Oak Brook Terrace-based theater announced Wednesday.


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Drury Lane Theatre to Stage DEATHTRAP, 6/9-8/14

Posted: May 16, 2016

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2016-2017 season with Ira Levin's popular murder mystery, Deathtrap, directed by Artistic Director William Osetek.


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10 ON TUESDAY With Casey Lyons

Posted: May 10, 2016

BroadwayWorld Chicago brings you 10 ON Tuesday, featuring artists in and around Chicago. This week's questionnaire participant - 11-year-old Casey Lyons!


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Hazel, A Musical Maid in America

Posted: May 9, 2016

What is the specific challenge of basing a musical on an everyday housekeeper? As a writer who doesn’t cook and has never cleaned a window without making it look worse, the answer is clear.


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‘Hazel’ musical a mix of comic panel, classic TV series

Posted: March 29, 2016

To borrow the title of a Stephen Sondheim song: “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid.” Of course the bawdy characters of ancient Rome who sang that number had someone very different in mind than Hazel Burke, the middle-aged bundle of energy whose innat…


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Drury Lane debuts 'Hazel' musical inspired by '60s sitcom

Posted: March 25, 2016

New York actress Klea Blackhurst couldn't be more grateful to be back at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. After wowing critics and crowds as Madame Rose in Drury Lane's 2012 revival of "Gypsy," Blackhurst now creates the title leading role in …


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'Hazel,' a musical made for a maid, hopes to sweep families off their feet

Posted: March 24, 2016

On Feb. 28, 1966, CBS aired Episode 23 of the fifth and final season of a sitcom it had acquired from NBC the previous year. Titled "Hazel," the show was about a live-in maid, played by Shirley Booth, whose employers were George Baxter (a partner in …


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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…