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Drury Lane Theatre Announces its Reopening Plans for the 2021/2022 Season

“We’re looking to the future with hope as vaccines become more widely available and government guidelines allow us to reopen for live performances."

Drury Lane Theatre Announces its Reopening Plans for the 2021/2022 Season


Drury Lane Theatre has announced its 2021/2022 Season will begin in September 2021. Drury Lane's 66th Season includes two Tony Award-winning musicals-the unforgettable Evita, based on the life of Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón, and the treasured Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I-as well as the empowering tale of female friendship Steel Magnolias; Forever Plaid, an ode to the best of the 1950's; and the family-friendly dance spectacular Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn. Subscription packages including all five spectacular productions start at only $170 and are on sale now. Drury Lane Theatre's season runs September 2021 - July 2022 at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

"We are thrilled to reopen the theatre in 2021," notes President Kyle DeSantis. "We're looking to the future with hope as vaccines become more widely available and government guidelines allow us to reopen for live performances. The support of our audiences over the last year has inspired us to return better and stronger than ever."

The complete Drury Lane Theatre 2021/2022 Season is as follows:

Forever Plaid

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross

Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

Originally Produced by Gene Wolsk

Directed and Choreographed by Paul Stancato

September 17 - November 7, 2021

Press Opening: September 23, 2021

On the way to their first big gig, tragedy strikes Forever Plaid, a "guy group" specializing in barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies. Forever Plaid begins when the guys are given the chance to perform from the afterlife. This smash hit musical is a nostalgic homage to the music of the '50s and includes hits such as "Three Coins in the Fountain" and "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing."

Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn

Based on the Film from Universal Pictures

Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin

Book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge

Directed and Choreographed by Matt Crowle

November 19, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Press Opening: December 2, 2021

Based on the classic film, Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn follows retired song-and-dance man Jim's efforts to bring entertainment to his small Connecticut town. With the help of talented schoolteacher Linda, he turns his farmhouse into an inn and puts on spectacular shows celebrating all holidays. This joyous, family-friendly musical features thrilling dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy, and a parade of Irving Berlin's hit songs, including the Academy Award-winning "White Christmas."


Lyrics by Tim Rice

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber

Directed and Choreographed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge

Associate Directed and Choreographed by Michael Baxter

Originally Directed by Harold Prince

January 28 - March 20, 2022

Press Opening: February 3, 2022

Based on true events, Evita tells the story of Eva Perón's rags-to-riches life as she goes from poor provincial child to First Lady of Argentina. A champion of the working-class descamisados, she uses popularity and politics to serve her people - and herself. Featuring some of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's most iconic songs, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," this musical masterpiece won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. The 1996 film adaptation was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Song.

Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I

Music by Richard Rodgers

Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II

Directed by Alan Paul

Choreographed by Darren Lee

Based on Anna and The King of Siam by Margaret Landon

Original Choreography by Jerome Robbins

April 1 - May 22, 2022

Press Opening: April 7, 2022

British tutor Anna Leonowens and the King of Siam struggle with cultural differences after Anna arrives at the royal palace in Bangkok. Inspired by true events, Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I is a tale of the human experience, exploring the historical intricacies of class, race, and politics in 1862. Featuring beloved songs like "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You," this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic won 13 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Revival of a Musical. The 1957 movie adaptation was nominated for nine Academy Awards, winning five, including Best Score.

Steel Magnolias

By Robert Harling

Directed by Johanna Mckenzie Miller

June 10 - July 31, 2022

Press Opening: June 16, 2022

In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life's challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received a Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.

2021/2022 Season and Subscription Information

Subscriptions for the 2021/2022 Season are on sale now and range in price from $170 to $200. Subscribers are guaranteed priority seats and receive discounts on Theatre for Young Audiences productions and Cabaret Room performances, and more. For more information, visit

Drury Lane Theatre's performance schedule for the 2021/2022 season is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Student group tickets start at $40 and Senior Citizen tickets start at $42 for matinee performances. On-site dining is available at Lucille Restaurant with convenient pre-show or post-show prix fixe menus. To book a group of 15 or more, call Group Services at (630) 570-7272 or email


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