“Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion...” Drury Lane Theatre announces Johanna McKenzie Miller will direct its production of Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling. Bringing this story of female strength and friendship to life alongside McKenzie Miller is an all-female creative team, including Angela Weber Miller (Scenic Design), Jessica Pabst (Costume Design), Lindsay Lyddan (Lighting Design), Sarah Ramos (Sound Design), Emily Young (Wig Design), and Cassy Schillo (Properties Design).
Drury Lane’s production of Steel Magnolias runs July 2 – August 23, 2020, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. The press opening is scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2020, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale March 27, 2020 and can be purchased by phone at (630) 530-0111, Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000, or online at DruryLaneTheatre.com.
In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. Steel Magnolias follows six women over the course of three years as they face life’s challenges together and find comfort in one another. Embracing both laughter and tears, this story celebrates the power of female friendship. The play received one Drama Desk Award nomination, and the popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
The cast will be announced at a later date. Steel Magnolias is rated PG.
Johanna McKenzie Miller most recently directed Kiss Me, Kate at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. Previous directing credits include Junie B. Jones, The Musical and Madagascar: A Musical Adventure for The Marriott Theatre’s TYA series; New Faces Sing Broadway Now 1941 at Porchlight Music Theatre; and SHREW’D!, a world premiere musical adaptation of The Taming of the Shrew at First Folio Shakespeare. Drury Lane audiences may remember her as Katie Nanna in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein.
Season and Subscription Information
The Regional Premiere of the beautifully captivating Gershwin musical An American in Paris (January 31 – March 29, 2020) concludes Drury Lane’s 2019/2020 Season.
Drury Lane Theatre’s 2020/2021 Season runs April 2020-March 2021 and includes two Tony Award-winning musicals—the unforgettable Evita, based on the life of Argentinian First Lady Eva Perón, and the treasured Rogers and Hammerstein musical The King and I. Drury Lane’s 66th season also includes the empowering tale of female friendship Steel Magnolias; Forever Plaid, an ode to the best of the 1950’s; and the family-friendly dance spectacular Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Subscription packages including all five spectacular productions start at only $170 and are on sale now. Subscribers also receive priority seating, dedicated theatre entrances, and a 20% discount on all food at the onsite Lucille Restaurant. For more information, visit DruryLaneTheatre.com/Subscribe.
The performance schedule for the 2020/2021 Season 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 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Student group tickets start as low as $40 and Senior Citizens receive discounts for weekday matinees. On-site dining is available at Lucille Restaurant with convenient pre-show or post-show prix fixe menus. For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at (630) 530-0111 or Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or visit DruryLaneTheatre.com. To book a group of 15 or more, call Group Services at (630) 530-7272 or email Groups@DruryLane.com.
About Drury Lane Theatre
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Founded by Anthony DeSantis over 60 years ago, Drury Lane remains a family-run organization under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis. Drury Lane Theatre continues as a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, producing world-class theatre in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, directors, and creative minds. Drury Lane Theatre produces the highest quality theatrical experience that immerses and supports our artists and audiences in the exploration of what it means to be human and to experience the transcending power of the performing and visual arts. Drury Lane strives to create an environment in which every individual or group is welcomed, respected, supported, valued and able to fully experience and participate in this transformative art form.
The theatre has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for over 360 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane proudly employs thousands of professional actors, musicians, designers, and crew members to entertain upwards of nine million audience members and counting.
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