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"Your first time or 14th, gather around the barricades at Drury Lane... 'Les Miz' is a masterpiece of musical theater!"
"Les Miserables" is a long way from "Lend Me a Tenor," and Drury Lane's high-budget production, which features the Broadway veteran Ivan Rutherford and a reasonably healthy orchestra, is entirely respectable and, in some places, impressive. The barricade sequences are powerful. Matthew Uzarraga, kid...
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune     Read the full review
"If you want to pull out all the stops to celebrate the 30th anniversary of a theatrical institution “Les Miserables” is unquestionably the show to stage."
In many respects, this immensely challenging grand-scale work by Jean-Michel Schonberg and Alain Boublil is just about the closest you can get to grand opera without wholly stepping out of the musical theater zone. As its creators once told me: “This is the show that will last, in large part because...
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times     Read the full review
"Rockwell gets to the dramatic heart of this sung-through pop opera inspired by Victor Hugo's sprawling 19th century novel."
One of the major plusses at Drury Lane is that its production is stocked with performers who do vocal justice to the beloved if declamatory score penned by French songwriters Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg and English lyricist Herbert Kretzmer. In many cases, the Drury Lane cast offers up...
Scott C. Morgan, Daily Herald     Read the full review
"Kudos to Executive Producer Kyle Desantis for sparing no expense to produce a world class production of one of the greatest musicals (operas) of all-time."
With a refreshing set design by Scott Davis with evocative video backdrops by Sage Marie Carter with impressive lighting by Greg Hofman, Director Rachel Rockwell has mounted a masterpiece with her flawless production of Les Miserables! This may be the finest production ever at Drury Lane Oakbrook!...
Tom Williams, Chicago Critic     Read the full review
"The opening night audience was alive and responsive to each scene of this magical musical!"
Rockwell’s cast is solid as the rock of Gibraltar in bringing this story to the Drury Lane stage, as we go on a time trip through three decades of 19th Century history in France and watch the life of one Jean Val Jean ( an amazing, stunning and outstanding performance by Ivan Rutherford) , a man wh...
Alan Bresloff, Around the Town Chicago     Read the full review
"The Drury Lane Theatre revival of “Les Miserables” is as good or better as any production the theater’s audience may have seen of this modern masterpiece."
The Drury Lane has built an exceptional track record with its superior stagings of large-scale musicals, as anyone who enjoyed the theater’s “Ragtime” or “Young Frankenstein” will verify. But the musical and visual demands of “Les Miz” are unique. Drury Lane employs more than 30 people in its cast a...
Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theater Reviews     Read the full review
"Rachel Rockwell has put her stamp on Les Mis making it another triumph for Drury Lane."
With the production rights now becoming a bit more available, we are sure to have our over saturation of this show. Luckily, before that happens, Rachel Rockwell has put her stamp on Les Mis making it another triumph for Drury Lane. The current production is based on the revival, which shortened b...
Michael Roberts, Showbiz Chicago     Read the full review