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Drury Lane finds its Mama Rose

Chris Jones

12:37 PM CST, December 15, 2011

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The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace has cast its Mama Rose in William Osetek's production of "Gypsy." The infamous stage mother will be played by Klea Blackhurst, known for her albums and concert performances and also for the well-received Ethel Merman tribute, "Everything That Traffic Will Allow."

Louise will be played by Andrea Prestinario, who recently wowed audiences and critics in two separate but consecutive productions of "My Fair Lady" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora and the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Fla. Herbie will be David Kortemeier, recently the star of "Spamalot" at the Drury Lane.