Oliver | Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Theater & Performance | Chicago Reader

Oliver Closing (Theater and Galleries) Member Picks The Short List (Theater)

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through June 2 2013

Lionel Bart's musical version of the Dickens novel opened on Broadway 50 years ago, but it feels even older. That's not the fault of Rachel Rockwell, who directed this spirited revival for Drury Lane Oakbrook, nor of her energetic cast, led by John Reeger as the lovable rogue Fagin and Heidi Kettenring as Nancy, the golden-hearted whore. It's just that Bart's show is so conservative and unadventurous—a melodrama packed with tunes written in the style of an earlier generation—that the whole thing smells of mothballs. Still, it's entertaining, and just try to get Bart's earworm-filled score out of your head. —Jack Helbig

Price: $35-$49

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