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Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre

Drury Lane Theatre begins its exciting 2013 season with a grand scale production of the Tony Award-winning musical OLIVER!, currently in previews and opening Thursday, April 11, running through June 2, 2013. Scroll down for a first look at the cast in action!
OLIVER! features an all-star cast of 35, led by Heidi Kettenring as "Nancy" (National Tour of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Broadway in Chicago's Wicked, the World Premiere of Hero at Marriott Theatre, and Sweeney Todd at Drury Lane Theatre); Jeff Award winner John Reeger as "Fagin" (The Iceman Cometh and A Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre, Amadeus at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Hamlet at Court Theatre, and Chicago at Marriott Theatre); J.D. Rodriguez as the "Artful Dodger" (National Tour of A Christmas Story) and Brady Tutton as "Oliver Twist" ("Tiny Tim" in A Christmas Carol at Drury Lane Theatre).

The production is Directed and Choreographed by multi-Jeff Award winner Rachel Rockwell (Ragtime, The Sound of Music and Sweeney Todd at Drury Lane Theatre). Rockwell will direct both her mother, Glory Kissel, who stars as "Mrs. Bedwin" (Pericles at the Goodman Theatre and Anyone Can Whistle at Ravinia), and her son, Jake Helm, who plays an orphan. Her husband, Garth Helm, provides Sound Design.

OLIVER! is adapted from Charles Dickens' riveting 1838 masterpiece Oliver Twist. The musical features music, lyrics, and a book by Tony Award-winner Lionel Bart. The original West End production opened in 1960 and the 1963 Broadway production won two Tony Awards. The film version of OLIVER! won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. OLIVER! has played in 22 different languages in counties throughout the world, and a recent Cameron Mackintosh-produced revival at London's Drury Lane was seen by nearly 1.5 million people.

Set in the dismal slums of nineteenth-century London, OLIVER! follows the adventures of Oliver Twist, a resourceful young orphan. Forced from a seedy workhouse into pick-pocketing, Oliver finds himself caught in a tug-of-war with his family and the sinister characters he has met in the streets. OLIVER! is a poignant story that features a spectacular score including Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You've Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I'd Do Anything, and As Long As He Needs Me.

For reservations call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111, call TicketMaster at 800.745.3000 or visit www.drurylane.com.

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Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Brady Tutton and Orphans

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Brady Tutton, John Reeger and Orphans

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Brady Tutton

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Catherine Smitko, Brady Tutton, Michael Aaron Lindner

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Heidi Kettenring, Sophie Thatcher

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
J.D. Rodriguez, Brady Tutton

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Larry Adams, Glory Kissel

Photo Flash: First Look at Brady Tutton, Heidi Kettenring and More in OLIVER! at Drury Lane Theatre
Shane Franz, Daniel Coonley, Michael Winner, Brady Tutton, William Burke, John Babbo, J.D. Rodriguez, Johnny Rabe, Declan Collins

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