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

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).

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