Some good seats remain available for the last few performances of “Camelot” at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace. Grab them while you can!
For those that have not seen this spectacularly re-imagined Lerner and Loewe show directed by Alan Souza at Drury Lane, it’s the last weekend to get there. This highly recommended show closes Jan. 4.
Leading the cast with youthful exuberance are Ken Clark as King Arthur, Christy Altomore as Guenevere and Drury Lane favorite Travis Taylor as Sir Lancelot.
Taylor’s delivery of the classic “If ever I would leave you” at the beginning of the second act is alone worth the trip to Oakbrook Terrace.
Add to that the magnificence of Merlin and then the hilarious Pellinore, both played by Jonathan Weir, an outstanding supporting cast, fabulous orchestration led by Music Director Ben Johnson and a magical set design by Kevin Depinet and we get a wonderfully entertaining night of theater.
This show closes Jan. 4, so hurry and get the tickets before it’s too late.
Once the curtain closes for the last time on “Camelot,” this stage has plenty more excitement in store for the coming year.
“West Side Story,” running from Jan. 15 through March 22, closes the 30th anniversary season.
This modern retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” with book by Arthur Laurents, tells the story of two star-crossed lovers caught between rival gangs.
Directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell, “West Side Story” features an electrifying Latin and jazz-infused score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim that includes fan-favorites such as “Somewhere,” “I Feel Pretty” and “America.
Then begins the next season. In announcing the theater’s 2015-2016 lineup, Drury Lane President Kyle Desantis said this season is one of the most exciting in the theater’s 31-year history.
“We are elated to produce “Beaches,” the first new production in two decades on the Drury Lane stage, as well as two regional premieres and two musical revivals,” DeSantis said. “We believe that we have a responsibility to help cultivate the development of new works and this season marks our renewed commitment to this.”
The lineup begins with the regional premiere of the international smash hit musical, “Billy Elliot,” directed by Rachel Rockwell with musical direction by Roberta Duchak, April 10 through June 7.
With a score by Elton John, “Billy Elliot” captured 10 Tony Awards.
Following “Billy Elliot,” Drury Lane Theatre presents the Broadway-bound new musical “Beaches,” June 24 through Aug. 16. The production is a poignant yet uplifting story of two extraordinary women exemplifying the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.
“Beaches” is adapted from the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart. It was adapted into the popular 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey.
The regional premiere of the Tony Award-winning play, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” will preview Aug. 27 and run through Oct. 18. Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director and Jeff Award winner William Osetek will direct.
Adapted by Rick Elice and based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, “Peter and the Starcatcher” is an enchanting, swashbuckling prequel to “Peter Pan” and the Neverland we never knew. This winner of five Tony Awards first opened on Broadway in 2012 and became a massive hit.
From Oct. 29 through Jan. 3, 2016, “White Christmas” provides joyful entertainment just in time for the holidays. Directed by Drury Lane Theatre Artistic Director William Osetek with choreography by Matthew Crowle, the story follows two former Army buddies – turned Broadway performers – as they attempt to save a charming Vermont Inn from bankruptcy.
With a book by David Ives and Paul Blake and music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” has been called “A holiday card come to life!” by The New York Daily News.
Songs include festive favorites like “Blue Skies,” “Count Your Blessings” and the classic title tune.
To conclude its 2015-2016 season, Drury Lane Theatre features the all-American classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie,” Jan. 14 through March 20. Directed and Choreographed by Jeff Award winner Tammy Mader, “Bye Bye Birdie” is an exhilarating dance spectacular and winner of four Tony Awards.
With a book by Michael Stewart and music and lyrics by Lee Adams, the production follows handsome, popular rock star, Conrad Birdie, during the late 1950s as he is drafted to the military.
The upbeat score includes favorites such as “Put on a Happy Face,” “A Lot of Livin’ to Do” and the title song.
For tickets or more information call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630-530-0111 or visit the Drury Lane Theatre website.