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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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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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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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CHICAGO THEATRE REVIEW Down on Skid Row

Posted: September 15, 2018

Welcome back, Scott Calcagno! This brilliantly multitalented, detail-oriented director returns to the Drury Lane Theatre after wowing audiences a few seasons back with his wonderful production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” as well …


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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Grow For Me!

Posted: September 15, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors (Musical) premiered Off Off-Broadway in 1982 as an Equity showcase at the WPA Theatre before becoming a smash hit Off-Broadway at the Orpheum Theatre in the East Village where it had a five-year run. The musical, which was orig…


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Little Shop of Horrors At the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 14, 2018

Oakbrook Terrace—It’s been so long since I’d seen a professional production of “Little Shop of Horrors” that I’d forgotten that it’s one of the most hip, funny, and ingenious musicals to tickle American audiences in the past generation. Happy memorie…


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“Little Shop of Horrors” Highly Recommended ****

Posted: September 14, 2018

Highly Recommended **** Back in the 1960’s, there was a dark comedy horror film about a plant that is about to take over the world. This film was the basis for the doo-wop musical, “Little Shop of Horrors”, now on the stage at the Drury Lane Theatre …


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“Little Shop” brings its camp humor to the Drury Lane Theatre

Posted: September 14, 2018

Little Shop of Horrors, based on the 1960 B-movie of the same name, has come to represent a high point in campy musical theatre. The story of a man-eating plant from outer space and its bedeviling of a skid row florist’s assistant, which probably oug…