Chicago – Drury Lane Theatre is thrilled to announce the complete lineup of its 2018/2019 season, opening with Tony Award-winning South Pacific. The season continues with Tennessee Williams’ sultry family drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, followed by the darkly comedic musical Little Shop of Horrors. For the holiday season, Drury Lane brings to life the treasured story of Belle with Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and then closes its 18/19 season with the global smash-hit Mama Mia! featuring the music of ABBA. The 2018/2019 season runs April 5, 2017 through April 14, 2019 at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.
“Drury Lane is driven by the desire to reimagine shows audiences know and love, and our next season is no exception,” notes Kyle DeSantis, President of Drury Lane Productions. “From drama to comedy, to fairytales and iconic musicals, our 2018-2019 season will continue to push creative boundaries and bring these shows to life in new ways.”
The complete Drury Lane Theatre 2018/2019 Season is as follows:
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from Tales of the South Pacific by James Michener
April 5 – June 17, 2018
Press Opening: April 12, 2018
More timely than ever, this Rodgers & Hammerstein landmark musical proves that even the backdrop of a tropical paradise cannot shelter its residents from the prejudices of World War II. South Pacific is the winner of the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and ten Tony Awards including Best Musical.
South Pacific is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is some sensitive subject matter.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Book by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge
July 5 – August 26, 2018
Press Opening: July 12, 2018
In the heat of the South under the gaze of patriarch Big Daddy, the expectations of marriage and family spoil. A birthday party brings a family’s skeletons to the surface as each one fights over the bones. Well known for the 1958 film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, and Burl Ives which received six Oscar nominations including Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Writing.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is some sensitive subject matter and brief strong language.
Little Shop of Horrors
Book by Howard Ashman
Composed by Alan Menken
September 6 – October 28, 2018
Press Opening: September 13, 2018
This gem of a musical inspired by the 1960 dark comedy horror film will charm your heart with infectious do-wop songs and endearing characters. A down on his luck resident of Skid Row is offered the girl of his dreams, fame, and success from an all-powerful, R&B singin’ carnivorous plant, but at what cost? Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Best Musical.
Little Shop of Horrors is recommended for ages 13 and up. Please be advised that there is light violence and brief strong language.
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Book by Harry Warren
Based on the songs by Al Dubin
Composed by Benny Andersson and Bjorn Ulvaeus
Directed by Alan Souza
November 9, 2018 – January 27, 2019
Press Opening: November 15, 2018
Based on the beloved Academy Award winning Disney film, this nine-time Tony nominated musical continues to win the hearts of people all over the globe. Trapped in her provincial town life, an intelligent, young beauty risks everything to become the heroin of her own story and break a wicked spell imprisoning a castle full of enchanting misfits and a terrifying beast.
Beauty and Beast is suitable for all audiences but most enjoyable for ages 5 and up.
Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus
And some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson
Originally conceived by Judy Craymer
Directed by William Osetek
February 7 – April 14, 2019
Press Opening: February 21, 2019
Drury Lane concludes its season with the international megahit Mamma Mia! The knockout songs of ABBA tell a hilarious story of marriage, family, and finding where you belong, proving that in the end the winner takes it all. Come see why more than 54 million people worldwide have laughed and danced with joy to this unforgettable jukebox musical.
Mamma Mia! Is suitable for all audiences by most enjoyable for ages 8 and up.
2017/2018 Subscription and Single Ticket Information
Subscriptions for the 2018/2019 Season are priced from $157 to $187 and will be on sale beginning in November 2017. 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.
The performance schedule for all productions is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Student group tickets start as low as $30 and Senior Citizens start at $37 for matinees. Dinner and show packages are also available. For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com.
About Drury Lane Theatre
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 technicians 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.