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Drury Lane’s Matilda is uneven despite a great cast

Posted: May 4, 2019

Life can be very scary when you are a child. Everything around you is so big and potentially terrifying that you cling onto the elements of life in which you feel secure: home, because parents are supposed to be the safe zone, and friends, because th…


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MATILDA A Girl Who is Dreaming of a Better Life

Posted: May 4, 2019

Matilda, the treasured novel written by the twisted genius Roald Dahl who felt that children abandoned reading for playing video games and watching mindless television programs wrote this cautionary tale in 1983 to champion reading for kids. Matilda,…


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Photo Flash: First Look at Drury Lane Theatre's MATILDA

Posted: May 3, 2019

Wonder and amazement abound! Get a first look below at Drury Lane Theatre's Regional Premiere of Roald Dahl's Matilda The Musical, featuring Chicago resident Audrey Edwards and Warrenville native Natalie Galla sharing the title role. With book by Den…


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Review: 'Matilda the Musical' at the Drury Lane is mostly a letdown

Posted: May 3, 2019

"Matilda," the proto-feminist story of a gifted little girl with nasty parents, is perhaps the best family musical of this young century. Prescient for 2010, it managed both to be a thrilling, spectacular event in London, on Broadway and on tour and …


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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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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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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…