Broadway Creative Team Lined Up for Drury Lane's Beaches Musical

News   Broadway Creative Team Lined Up for Drury Lane's Beaches Musical
The complete creative team has been announced for the Drury Lane Theatre's upcoming Chicago-area production of Beaches, the new musical adapted from the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart — which premiered last year at Virginia's Signature Theatre starring Mara Davi and Alysha Umphress.
Eric Schaeffer
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Joining Gigi director Eric Schaeffer, who was previously announced, are choreographer Lorin Latarro, music director Brian Nash, scenic designer Derek McLane, lighting designer Howell Binkley, costume designer Alejo Vietti and sound designer Kai Harada, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Broadway veterans Schaeffer and McLane worked on the Signature production; all the other creatives are new to the team.

Beaches, which is billed as "pre-Broadway," will begin performances at the Oakbrook Terrace, IL venue June 24 and continue through Aug. 16.

According to Drury Lane, "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 was adapted from the 1985 novel by Iris Rainer Dart, which was later adapted into the popular 1988 film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey."

The musical features a book by Iris Rainer Dart and Thom Thomas, lyrics by Rainer Dart and music by David Austin.

Casting will be announced at a later date.

For more information and tickets, call (630) 530-0111 or visit

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