Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2017-2018 season with 42nd Street, with music by Harry Warren, lyrics by Al Dubin, book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, and original Broadway direction and dances by Gower Champion. 42nd Street is based on the novel by Bradford Ropes and was originally produced on Broadway by David Merrick.
This production is directed by Michael Heitzman with choreography by Jared Grimes. 42nd Street runs now through January 7, 2018 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for this Sunday, November 5.
Tap through this year’s holiday season with 42nd Street, the 1980 Tony Award winner for Best Musical. In this Broadway favorite, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer lands a bigger break in New York City than expected. When the leading lady injures her ankle, Peggy gets the chance of a lifetime to rise from showgirl to star of a glitzy new Broadway musical. 42nd Street features show-stopping tap numbers and unforgettable hits such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and “Shuffle Off to Buffalo.” Warm your Chicago winter with this love letter to the Great White Way.
The cast of 42nd Street includes: Suzzanne Douglas (Dorothy Brock), Gene Weygandt(Julian Marsh), Kimberly Immanuel (Peggy Sawyer), Phillip Attmore (Billy Lawler), Justin Brill (Bert Barry), Donica Lynn (Maggie Jones), Brandon Springman (Pat), Cedric Young (Abner Dillon), Erica Evans (Andy Lee), Sierra Schnack (Annie), and Bret Tuomi (Mac/Thug/Doctor). Additional casting includes: Time Brickey, Lamont Brown, Tristan Bruns, Joe Capstick, Joel Chambers, Andrea Collier, Gabriela Delano, Annie Jo Ermel, Rachel Marie LaPorte, Mandy Modic, Thomas Ortiz, Allie Pizzo, Marisa Riegle, Anthony Sullivan Jr., and Davon Suttles.
In addition to Director Michael Heitzman and Choreographer Jared Grimes, the creative team includes Roberta Duchak (music direction), Collette Pollard (scenic design), Emilio Sosa (costume design), Mike Baldassari (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design), Claire Moores (wig and hair design), and Everett Bradley (music arrangements). The Production Stage Manager is Lucia Lombardi.
42nd Street is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up. For tickets and more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.
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Drury Lane Theatre is presenting the regional premiere of the powerhouse musical tribute to the 1980s, Rock of Ages, with book by Chris D’Arienzo, arrangements and orchestrations by Ethan Popp, and directed by Scott Weinstein.
Rock of Ages runs August 24 – October 15, 2017 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The Press Opening is Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Principle casting includes: Russell Mernagh (Drew), Cherry Torres (Sherrie), Nicholas Druzbanski (Lonny), Adam Michaels (Stacee Jaxx), and Gene Weygandt (Dennis) with Nick Cosgrove (Franz), George Keating (Hertz), Donica Lynn (Justice), and Tiffany Tatreau (Regina). The cast also features Andrea Collier, Annie Joe Ermel, Michael Ferraro, Shariesse Hamilton, Colte Julian, Ron King, Lindsay Prerost, and Sawyer Smith.
In addition to Director Scott Weinstein, the creative team also includes Stephanie Klemons (choreography), Roberta Duchak (music direction), Jeffrey D. Kmiec (scenic design), Theresa Ham (costume design), Greg Hofmann (lighting design), Ray Nardelli (sound design) and Rasean Davonte Johnson (projection design). The production stage manager is Larry Baker.
We can’t fight this feelin’ anymore! Rock back to a time of big egos, big guitar solos, and even bigger hair with Rock of Ages. Nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Rock of Ages features 28 classic 80s hits from legendary artists Bon Jovi, Journey, Styx, Pat Benatar, Poison, REO Speedwagon and more. Audiences will have “Nothin’ but a Good Time” as they jam out to reimagined renditions and mash-ups of “Don’t Stop Believin,'” “Here I Go Again,” “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “The Final Countdown,” and other rock favorites in this Regional Premiere. Set during the tail end of the big, bad 1980s, Rock of Ages follows aspiring rock star Drew and small-town girl Sherri as they fight to save Hollywood’s Sunset Strip. Don’t miss a musical so awesome, you’ll want to rock out again and again! Scott Weinstein, 2015 Joseph Jefferson Award winner for production and direction of his astonishing staging of Rent, directs Rock of Ages, with choreography by Drama Desk Award-winner Stephanie Klemons, who most recently served as associate choreographer for Hamilton.
Rock of Ages is recommended for ages 13 and up.
Previews run August 24 – September 6, 2017, with a press opening on Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.m. and regular performances through October 15, 2017, playing Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.; Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.; Fridays: 8:00 p.m.; Saturdays: 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; and Sundays: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Drury Lane Theatre at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
Ticket Prices: Previews: $43 – $58; Single Tickets: $45 – $60; Wednesday and Thursday matinees are priced at $45, Thursday and Sunday evenings at $55, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at $60. Student group tickets start at $30. Senior Citizens start at $40 for matinees. Dinner and show packages available. Contact the box office at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace – 630.530.0111, call TicketMaster at 800.745.3000, or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.
Subscriptions for the 2017/2018 Season are priced from $144.60 to $175.80. Subscribers receive special offers on dining, flexible ticket exchanges and early notification and priority seating for added events and concerts. For more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.
Under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis and Artistic Director William Osetek, Drury Lane Theatre is a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, presenting world-class productions in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, artists, writers and directors. Over the past 30 years, Drury Lane has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for more than 350 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane is committed to breathing new life into beloved classics and introducing audiences to exciting new works.
Throughout its 30-year history, Drury Lane has employed more than 7,500 actors and 10,000 musicians, designers and crewmembers to entertain upwards of nine million audience members. Originally founded by Anthony DeSantis, Drury Lane Theatre remains a family-run organization known for producing breathtaking Broadway classics, top-rated musicals, bold new works, hilarious comedies and unforgettable concert events.
Donica Lynn is presenting her fifth annual benefit concert Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me at 8:00pm on Monday, June 26, 2017 at The Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N. Southport Ave. All proceeds from tickets sales, donations, and raffle will be donated equally to the American Cancer Society and the American Brain Tumor Association.
The benefit features three-time cancer survivor Donica Lynn, Doug Pawlik, Dave Budrys, Billy Dawson, Aaron Benham, Kael Mboya, Michael Lockett, Kimberly Lawson, Curtis Fondren, Aaron Mitchell Reese, Taylor Iman Carter, Robin da Silvaand Donica’s children Aerial Dwyer, Sabastian, and Sidra. Special guests scheduled to perform are Jess Godwin, Caleb Baze, Leah Pawlik, Grant Thomas Zabielski, DC Ford, Doug Peck, Jim McCaffrey and a special guest from Artists Giving Back Chicago.
Benefit producer and performer Donica Lynn states, “Although this concert began five years ago as my personal testament through song of my journey and battle with the diagnosis, treatments and aftercare of brain cancer, Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me has now become a concert event that speaks to any medical journey, large or small. This concert brings together friends and family to celebrate the lives being lived through the journey, those that help along the way, as well as those that we’ve lost-during our Angels tribute. The concert is on the eve of my birthday, which is an ideal time to celebrate another year of my life and these organizations that help give life.”
All involved in Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me are donating their time. Performances will include personal stories of Lynn’s medical journey and songs that have been meaningful to Lynn and the other performers throughout the past year, including music by Jason Robert Brown, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the musicals 13, Waitress and James and the Giant Peach.
Doncia Lynn was named The Person of the Year Theater in 2016 by The Chicago Tribune. Starring as Effie “Melody” White in Porchlight Music Theatre’s critically-acclaimed production of Dreamgirls earned her the Best Actress in Musical Award by the Jeff Committee, BTAA, and Time Out Chicago. Lynn’s acting career began in 1995 with the now defunct Chicago Theatre Company (Train Is Comin) and she has since been seen in productions with Victory Gardens (CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. w/ two-time Tony nominee André De Shields, A Wonder In My Soul) Mercury Theater (Color Purple, Barnum) Porchlight Music Theater -Off the Porch (Gatecrashers) About Face Theater (When Last We Flew) Chicago Opera Theater (Queenie Pie) Barn Theatre-MI (Hair) Goodman Theatre (Lady In Denmark) Chicago Dramatist (Vee Jay Records) Drury Lane Oakbrook (Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Hairspray, Aida, Thoroughly Modern Millie) Marriott Lincolnshire (Once on This Island, Suessical) Northlight (Saturday Night/Sunday Morning) Theatre at the Center-IND (Footloose, Winnie the Pooh Christmas) Paramount (Hair) Court Theatre (Caroline or Change) Timeline (Fiorello) Congo Square (Black Nativity, Sanctified), ETA Creative Arts (This Far By Faith, Runaway Home, Don’t Get Around Much Anymore, Good Black) Bailiwick Rep (Georgia Tom) Fleetwood Jourdain (Black Nativity) She’s worked several children’s theatre companies including Childrens’ Theatre Fantasy Orchard, & Chocolate Chips, as well as vocal performances with Chicago Sings (Porchlight) Cabernet Cabaret (Arranmore Arts) Chicago Humanities Festival, Sarah Siddons Foundation, & Broadway Holidays (Paramount) RECORDINGS: Ramsey Lewis (Dance of the Soul CD) She’s had two #1 solo dance club singles UK (Shout, Keep Rockin) Justin Roberts (Lullaby CD) Calvin Bridges (So Easy To Love CD)Cory Goodrich (W.O.M.A.N.) Female Lead Vocalist Ascendant Music Inc (Illuminate: Blue, Green) BACKGROUNDS: Rahsaan Patterson, Natalie Cole, New Kids on the Block, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder ALUMNA: Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago, All-City Youth Choir. A member of Christian Tabernacle Church since 6 months of age, Lynn is honored to have been the recipient of two African American Arts Alliance nominations, as well as the Perseverance Award from Bibo (Beauty In Beauty Out) C.H.A.M.P. Community Project – Traci S. Campbell Founder. Donica holds a degree in medical science, and plans to receive her JD degree. She is a proud member of Actors Equity Association, American Guild of Musical Artists, SAG/AFTRA and proudly represented by Stewart Talent Agency.
Donica Lynn is a 3x Brain Tumor/Cancer Survivor Originally discovered as a benign tumor in 1987 at age 12, Donica had a full craniotomy to remove the lesion. Like many tumors often do, Donica’s tumor reoccurred and she again found herself on the operating table April 21st 2010. It wasn’t until later that same year, August 24, 2010 to be exact, when an MRI test showed another tumor that proved to me malignant that her diagnosis became cancer. In 2013 while undergoing another round of treatment, Donica began a mission to educate, & ignite open conversation about brain tumors/cancer and overall health awareness by telling HER story. Sparked by a simple question “how are you feeling today” asked of her by a dear lifelong friend, Donica’s response took the form of a conversational concert entitled “TODAY’S A GOOD DAY” an annual benefit concert for anyone touched by cancer. During this conversational concert separated into four categories: diagnosis, treatment, aftercare, survival- with ALL proceeds split between the American Brain Tumor Association and the American Cancer Society, she shared not just her story, but the story of ANY medical journey in song. Now in its 5th yr., Today’s A Good Day (2dagd) seeks to encourage anyone on ANY medical journey from the simplest cold/flu, to the most complex depression or terminal illness to actively listen to your body, recognize the signs and seek treatment. The annual benefit is hosted each year by Walter Sterns & Eugene Dizon owner operators of The Mercury Theater on Southport Ave in Chicago where 2dagd was birthed, has grown and ultimately with affection and love has found a home. Underscored every year by a different subtitle [“can’t do it alone” or “walk with me”] Donica believes and seeks to impart through song the importance of knowing and understanding that it’s not just the patients’ journey alone. Along with the help of her friends and “family”–people she affectionately refers to as “The Village”–she shares hope, sadness, frustration, love, life and LIVING through her illness with their help, and the benefit of music. Her life hashtags are #familyismorethanblood #B.L.U. -which stands for Be Loved Unconditionally, also her Production Company’s name SongbirdBLU and #ittakesavillage. She continues to fight daily for her beautiful children Aerial (21) Sabastian (16) Sidra (10) whom she affectionately refers to as “mini-me.” She is engaged to THE LOVE of her life, Edward “Kippy” Tribue as they were college sweethearts; she believes love, music, and positive energy from her community help keep her healthy.