Drury Lane's 2012 season: Let's all go to the movies
Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace has set a 2012–13 season devoted to Broadway shows adapted from films. The season, which unlike most theaters' begins in the spring, opens in April with a production of Hairspray directed and choreographed by Tammy Mader. That's followed in July by the season's sole straight play, the tongue-in-cheek Hitchcock tribute The 39 Steps, directed by David New.
Promises, Promises, the 1968 tuner adapted by Neil Simon, Burt Bacharach and Hal David from the Billy Wilder classic The Apartment, will get a September production directed and choreographed by Rachel Rockwell. Next, in November, is a revival of Singin' in the Rain, the 1985 Broadway adaptation by Betty Comden and Adolph Green of their own screenplay for the beloved MGM film. The stage version was originally directed and choreographed by Twyla Tharp; here Bill Jenkins and Amber Mak will split those duties. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard rounds out the season in January 2013, helmed by Drury Lane artistic director William Osetek.
September 20 update: Due to rights issues with Promises, Promises, Drury Lane says Rachel Rockwell will instead direct the cheeky Xanadu in the September slot.