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The jazz-funk '42nd Street' at Drury Lane is one for the ages

Think you’ve seen “42nd Street” before? Not with jazz-funk orchestrations and a rock drum set and a truly diverse cast, you haven’t. Not with an ABBA-like synthesizer underpinning “We’re in the Money.” Not with echoes of “A Chorus Line.” Not with a “Shuffle Off to Buffalo” that feels filtered through...

London's Last Scene-Painting Workshop Is About To Close (The Condos Are Coming)

3 weeks agoArts : Modern Art Notes

"Purpose-built by scenic painter Joseph Harker in 1904 to accommodate 40ft backdrops for West End theatres, Harkers [Studio] originally provided art for Henry Irving's West End theatres - including the Lyceum and Drury Lane. It is... facing closure amid plans to convert the space into luxury flats."

Drury Lane sets '42nd Street' cast

Come and meet those dancing feet. Drury Lane Theatre announced the complete cast of “42nd Street” Wednesday. The production will star Suzzanne Douglas as Dorothy Brock, Gene Weygandt as Julian Marsh, Kimberly Immanuel as Peggy Sawyer and Phillip Attmore as Billy Lawler, with Justin Brill as Bert...

Review: Rock of Ages (Drury Lane Theatre)

Rock of Ages just might be the most shamelessly pandering musical since, oh, the late 1980s. It revels in boobie and poop jokes and stratospherically over-the-top characters. And it’s that very shamelessness that makes the show work....Show More Summary

'Rock of Ages' is still nothin' but a good time at Drury Lane

Not long from now, seniors in retirement homes will be head-banging to Whitesnake. A change in the menu in the dining room will risk a spontaneous chorus of "We're Not Gonna Take It," twisting each sister in the joint. Quiet Riot will be commonplace. This is demographically obvious: Jimmy Buffett...

'Mamma Mia!,' 'South Pacific' in Drury Lane's 2018-19 season

Drury Lane Theatre announced its 2018-19 season Tuesday. First up is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical “South Pacific” (April 5-June 17). Next up is Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” (July 5-Aug. 26), to be directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge. “Little Shop of Horrors”...

Drury Lane leads Jeff nominations, but there are big snubs

The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace will not just host Chicago’s 2017 Equity Joseph Jefferson Awards on Nov. 6. On that night, the long-lived suburban musical house will see itself listed as a nominee more times than any other area theater. In nominations announced Wednesday, the all-volunteer...

Drury Lane announces 'Rock of Ages' cast

Drury Lane Theatre announced casting for the Chicago premiere of "Rock of Ages" Friday. Russell Mernagh and Cherry Torres will star as Drew and Sherrie, a couple fighting to save the Sunset Strip, with Nicholas Druzbanski as Lonny, Adam Michaels as Stacee Jaxx and Gene Weygandt as Dennis. The cast...

Review: The Gin Game (Drury Lane Theatre)

The plot of D. L. Coburn’s 100-minute, two-person drama sounds so simple you wonder how it could possibly be a compelling drama: Two people play half a dozen hands of gin. Yet within this small, sad world, Drury Lane has created a place...Show More Summary

Review: Chicago the Musical (Drury Lane Theatre)

After over a decade of pursuing the elusive rights to the show, Drury Lane finally got the green light to put their stamp on John Kander’s and Fred Ebb’s classic musical. Director William Osetek has done away with the concert-style staging and gussied the whole thing up with period costumes and sets. Show More Summary

All that caged-up energy is set free as 'Chicago' comes home

William Osetek, the director of the highly entertaining new production of "Chicago" at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace, has been trying to get the rights to this most deliciously cynical of American musicals for at least a decade. The national tour of Walter Bobbie's 1996 Broadway revival...

Theater openings April 28-May 4

Friday "Chicago": The city's namesake John Kander and Fred Ebb musical about two merry murderesses returns. Through June 18 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace; 630-530-0111 and www.drurylanetheatre.com "Lady X: The Musical": Hell in a Handbag Productions tackles 1930s and...

Drury Lane snags 'Chicago' for Chicago for the first time since '83

A quiz for you, theater-loving reader: When was the last time a professional Chicago theater company produced "Chicago," a musical that burnishes the city's scandalous reputation each and every night on Broadway? I'm not talking about Barry and Fran Weissler's tour of director Walter Bobbie's megahit,...

Casting announced for 'Chicago' at Drury Lane

Drury Lane Theatre has announced the cast of the Chicago-area return of "Chicago." Broadway veterans Kelly Felthous and Alena Watters will star as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, respectively. The production also features Guy Lockard as Billy Flynn, Justin Brill as Amos Hart, Michael Accardo as Master...

Adrian Aguilar to lead Drury Lane's 'Saturday Night Fever'

Adrian Aguilar will hit the dance floor as Tony Manero in "Saturday Night Fever," Drury Lane Theatre announced. Joining Aguilar is Erica Stephan as Stephanie Mangano, Landree Fleming as Annette, Nick Cosgrove as Bobby C., Joe Capstick as Joey, Will Lidke as Gus and Brandon Springman as Double J....

Review: Crazy for You (Drury Lane Theatre)

Directed and choreographed by Matt Crowle, the charms of Drury Lane's Crazy for You aren’t limited to a single Gershwin song. The entire show is a hoot, with a huge heart, killer dancing, and a cast that is ridiculously hilarious. Highly Recommended! (read Catey Sullivan's entire review....)

Review: This was the week for 'Crazy for You'

To understand the new Drury Lane Theatre production of "Crazy for You," a title that feels apt given recent political events, you really had to see its director and choreographer, Matt Crowle, play Leo Bloom in "The Producers" at the Mercury Theater earlier this year. Or Patsy in "Spamalot." Or...

Michael Douglas Says Val Kilmer Is Fighting Cancer: ‘Things Don’t Look Too Good for Him’

While speaking with host Jonathan Ross at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Michael Douglas recounted his time filming the 1996 movie The Ghost and the Darkness with Val Kilmer, and revealed that Kilmer is battling oral cancer. "The picture didn’t turn out as well as I hoped but I had ... More »

Live blog: 2016 Equity Jeff Awards

The 48th annual Equity Jeff Awards ceremony honoring excellence in professional theater produced in the Chicago area is being held at Drury Lane in Oakbrook. Chicago Tribune's Theater Loop, including theater critic Chris Jones, will be tweeting throughout the event. On the Tribune app? Click here...

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