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Review: ELF THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL Photo Review: ELF THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL
by Tina St. Angelo Wetzel - Nov 18, 2022

What did our critic think of ELF THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, IL? Drury Lane Theatre's holiday production is Elf. From the opening number until the final curtain, Elf will make you feel the joy of Christmas as a child again. That's the beauty of Buddy the Elf and in large part due to the talented Ben Dow, being moved from understudy to lead, in the title role. His wide eyed expressions and sheer joy of everything, especially maple syrup, is the heart of the story. Buddy wants everyone to be happy and feel joy. We are taken into the Buddy's story at the very beginning by Santa (expertly portrayed by the spellbinding A.D. Weaver). On Buddy's journey we meet all the characters from the movie.

Special Offer: ELF at Drury Lane Theatre Photo Special Offer: ELF at Drury Lane Theatre
by BWW Special Offer - Oct 24, 2022

Special Offer: Don’t be a cotton-headed-ninny-muggins! Drury Lane Theatre will continue its 2022/2023 season with Elf-the Musical, based upon the film. Book by Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin, music by Matthew Skylar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato. Elf-the Musical runs November 9, 2022 - January 8, 2023.

Cast Announced for ELF - THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre Photo Cast Announced for ELF - THE MUSICAL at Drury Lane Theatre
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Oct 4, 2022

Drury Lane Theatre will continue its 2022/2023 season with the holiday classic¬†Elf-the Musical, based upon the¬†film written by¬†David Berenbaum. Book by¬†Thomas Meehan¬†and¬†Bob Martin, music by¬†Matthew Skylar, lyrics by¬†Chad Beguelin.¬†Directed by¬†Lynne Kurdziel-Formato.¬†Elf-the Musical¬†runs November 9, 2022 ‚Äď January 8, 2023, at Drury Lane Theatre.

Drury Lane Theatre Announces Casting For FOREVER PLAID, Running September 17 - Novemb Photo Drury Lane Theatre Announces Casting For FOREVER PLAID, Running September 17 - November 7
by A.A. Cristi - Aug 31, 2021

Celebrate the return of live theater at Drury Lane with audience favorite Forever Plaid.

Mercury Theater Chicago Will Present SHEAR MADNESS Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Will Present SHEAR MADNESS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 23, 2020

L. Walter Stearns, Executive Director of Mercury Theater Chicago, announced today the cast and creative team of the upcoming SHEAR MADNESS, running on the main stage from February 7 through March 29. The press opening is Sunday, February 16 at 7pm. This hit comedic murder-mystery has slayed the hearts of audiences around the world for more than 40 years, following a mysterious murder above the Shear Madness Salon - leaving it to the audience to catch the killer among the actors. SHEAR MADNESS will be directed by the Jeff Award winning Warner Crocker.

Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards Photo Broadway-Bound SIX & More Earn Nominations For The 51st Annual Jeff Awards
by Stephi Wild - Sep 3, 2019

Eleven world premiere plays and musicals seen first by Chicago audiences were among those receiving nominations by the Jeff Awards, announced today. A total of 192 nominations were made in 34 categories that honor Chicago Equity theatrical productions that opened between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019. During the 2018-19 season, Jeff Awards judges attended opening nights of 132 Equity productions offered by 43 producing organizations and from these openings, 112 productions were a?oeJeff Recommendeda?? and eligible for award nominations.

Cast announced for HELLO AGAIN Photo Cast announced for HELLO AGAIN
by Julie Musbach - Aug 2, 2019

Cast and crew for Michael John LaChiusa's HELLO AGAIN, the first show of Theo Ubique's second season on Howard Street in Evanston, have been announced by the show's multi-Jeff award-winning director-choreographer Brenda Didier.

Mercury Theater Chicago's AVENUE Q Will Close December 30 Photo Mercury Theater Chicago's AVENUE Q Will Close December 30
by Stephi Wild - Dec 4, 2018

A mainstay of the Belmont Theater District, Mercury Theater Chicago's critically acclaimed production of AVENUE Q moves into its final weeks with a closing date of December 30. With incredible runs on the Mercury stage in 2014 and 2018, this lovingly revived Broadway musical comedy appealed to the heart and humor of more than 40,000 audience members, earning widespread critical acclaim with coverage from the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" and WGN Radio, and awards from Broadway World and the Joseph Jefferson awards, including 12 Broadway World Award nominations for the 2018 production. By its closing date, AVENUE Q will have played 355 performances over 12 months, placing it as one of the longest-running homegrown musicals in Chicago history.

Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Winter Extension Of AVENUE Q Photo Mercury Theater Chicago Announces Winter Extension Of AVENUE Q
by Stephi Wild - Oct 17, 2018

By popular demand, Mercury Theater Chicago's critically acclaimed production of AVENUE Q has extended performances for the second time, now running through December 30. After an incredible run in 2004, this lovingly revived Broadway musical is wowing audiences yet again with its relatable humor and heartwarming message. Directed by L. Walter Stearns, AVENUE Q opened on June 21 to rave reviews, with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune noting "AVENUE Q is a long-running hit all over again in Chicago. 'Warning, puppet sex' once again appears on the Mercury's marquee," and WTTW's Chicago Tonight highly recommending the show, remarking "it's not only clever and refreshingly frank but wholly charming."

BWW Review: PIPPIN at Mercury Theater's Venus Cabaret Photo BWW Review: PIPPIN at Mercury Theater's Venus Cabaret
by Rachel Weinberg - Oct 17, 2018

Cue the jazz hands--Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson's PIPPIN has arrived at Mercury Theater's Venus Cabaret in an intimate staging that brings the actors and the audience together. Mercury Artistic Director L. Walter Stearns's interprets this cabaret production of PIPPIN in a literal manner: the show's visual references and presentational style are highly influenced by the 1920s Weimar cabaret in Germany. Thus, the fictional story of Charlemagne's son Pippin does not at all take place in medieval times but rather seems to occupy a moment all its own. Given the eccentricities in the material for PIPPIN itself, this is a fitting choice.