Drury Lane Theatre to Feature Les MisÚrables, Camelot and More in 30th Anniversary Season
By Carey Purcell
The 30th anniversary season of Chicago's Drury Lane Theatre will include several Tony-winning musicals as well as the Sherlock Holmes-inspired play The Game's Afoot.
The season-at-a-glance follows:
"Based on Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables travels through three turbulent decades of 19th-century France. Convict Jean Valjean is on the run, hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole. Valjean must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphan Cosette. With revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves."
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
"The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is the uproarious story of six overachieving and quirky adolescents pitted against each other in the spelling challenge of a lifetime. Throughout the funny and poignant experience, the youngsters are forced to learn that winning isn't everything and losing doesn't necessarily make you a loser."
The Game's Afoot
"It is December 1936 and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his lavish Connecticut castle for a holiday weekend of revelry. When one of the guests is stabbed to death, the festivities in the isolated house quickly turn dangerous. It is up to Gillette himself, as he assumes the persona of his beloved Holmes, to track down the killer before the next victim appears in this witty, suspenseful caper."
"Adapted from T.H. White's novel 'The Once and Future King,' the legendary characters King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, Sir Lancelot and Merlyn come alive in this exciting tale of love and chivalry. The classic production features a lush, romantic score including 'If Ever I Would Leave You,' 'Camelot,' 'How to Handle a Woman' and 'Follow Me.'"
West Side Story
"A modern retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, West Side Story tells the tale of Tony and Maria, two star-crossed young lovers caught in a turf war between rival gangs."
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