Kimberly Immanuel, Donica Lynn, Suzzanne Douglas, Gene Weygandt, Phillip Attmore and More in 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre through January 7

Mandy Modic, Sierra Schnack, Kimberly Immanuel, Donica Lynn and Annie Jo Ermel. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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.

Kimberly Immanuel (center) and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Kimberly Immanuel (center) and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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.

Suzzanne Douglass and Gene Weygandt. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Suzzanne Douglass and Gene Weygandt. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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.

Kimberly Immanuel, Phillip Attmore and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Kimberly Immanuel, Phillip Attmore and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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.

Mandy Modic, Sierra Schnack, Kimberly Immanuel, Donica Lynn and Annie Jo Ermel. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Mandy Modic, Sierra Schnack, Kimberly Immanuel, Donica Lynn and Annie Jo Ermel. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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.

Phillip Attmore (center) and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Phillip Attmore (center) and the cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

42nd Street is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up. For tickets and more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.

Gene Weygandt and Kimberly Immanuel (background). Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Gene Weygandt and Kimberly Immanuel (background). Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Suzzanne Douglass. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
Suzzanne Douglass. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
The cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner
The cast of 42ND STREET at Drury Lane Theatre. Photo Credit: Brett Beiner

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Donica Lynn, Russell Mernagh, Cherry Torres, Nicholas Druzbanski, Adam Michaels, Gene Weygandt and More Set for ROCK OF AGES at Drury Lane, August 24 – October 15

Donica Lynn in André De Shields' CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens. Photo by Lia Chang
Donica Lynn in André De Shields’ CONFESSIONS OF A P.I.M.P. at Victory Gardens. Photo by Lia Chang

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.

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