Rachel Rockwell to stage 'Oliver' as part of new Drury Lane season

Chris Jones

11:00 AM CDT, July 30, 2012


The Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace said Monday that it will stage the British classic "Oliver," the Broadway farce "Boeing-Boeing," the contemporary musical "Next to Normal," the redoubtable "Hello, Dolly!" and the Mel Brooks spoof "Young Frankenstein" as part of its 2013-14 season.

Drury Lane has unusual dates; its season begins in April.

Rockwell is known for her work with young performers and "Oliver" (which opens April 11) is a logical follow-up to her production of "The Sound of Music." Bill Osetek will direct "Next to Normal," a piece about mental illness and a choice that indicates this big suburban theater's desire to program more challenging shows. That show opens in August of next year.

Dennis Zacek, now hanging out his shingle as a freelance director, will helm "Boeing-Boeing" (opening in June) while the busy Rockwell will also direct "Hello, Dolly!"(opening in Oct. 2013).