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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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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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Drury Lane sets off for Neverland with 'Peter and the Starcatcher'

Posted: August 27, 2015

The road map to Neverland is clear: Head for the second star to the right, and go straight on till morning. But in telling the story of Peter Pan and his gang of Lost Boys, author J.M. Barrie was a bit fuzzier on several other matters.


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Peter and the Starcatcher Lights Up Drury Lane

Posted: August 27, 2015

Peter and the Starcatcher, a prequel to the beloved classic Peter Pan tale, makes its regional debut at Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace tonight. During this romp through Neverland, 12 actors play over 100 unforgettable characters in a swashbuckling and e…


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10 ways to send off summer in the suburbs

Posted: August 26, 2015

Fly through the Neverland you never experienced and meet Peter Pan before he became "The Boy Who Never Grew Up" at Drury Lane Theatre's production of "Peter and the Starcatcher." With music and dancing, 12 performers will bring the prequel to life.


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2015 Equity Jeff Award nominations

Posted: August 21, 2015

The Paramount Theatre in far west suburban Aurora, which became eligible after the Jeff committee voted to expand its geographical boundaries from a 30-mile radius from downtown Chicago to 45 miles, pulled in 16 nominations for its productions of Les…


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EQUITY JEFF NOMINATIONS SET UP AN IMPOSSIBLE CONTEST OF EXCELLENCE IN CHICAGO THEATER

Posted: August 21, 2015

Scan the list of the season’s just-announced Jeff Awards nominations — honoring excellence in Equity productions that opened between Aug. 1, 2014 and July 31, 2015 – and there can be only one conclusion. It is this: In Chicago, a city whose theaters …


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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…