Falling for Make Believe: Bell's Boys From Syracuse Opens in Suburban Chicago

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David Bell's new production of the classic Rodgers and Hart musical The Boys from Syracuse opens in Chicago Aug. 14 following previews from Aug. 7 at Drury Lane Theatre Oakbrook Terrace, in Oakbrook Terrace, IL.
Rod Thomas among the The Boys from Syracuse ensemble.
Rod Thomas among the The Boys from Syracuse ensemble. Photo by Johnny Knight

The Drury Lane production of the 1938 musical comedy, playing to Sept. 28, is based on Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors and features a cast of 30 and a band of ten and casts Rod Thomas as Antipholus of Ephesus and Ryan Reilly as Antipholus of Syracuse.

"The Boys from Syracuse revolves around the escapades and romantic mix-ups of long-separated identical twins Antipholus of Ephesus and Antipholus of Syracuse, whose servants, the two Dromios, are also long-separated identical twins," according to production notes. "Complications arise when the wives of the Ephesians, Adriana and her servant Luce, mistake the two strangers for their husbands. The ironic tale of these separated brothers is a hilarious take on the classic Shakespearean story."

The score includes "Falling in Love with Love," "Sing for Your Supper," "You Have Cast Your Shadow on the Sea" and "This Can't Be Love," among others. The book is by George Abbott.

The Boys From Syracuse features Anne Acker, Melody Betts, Gary Carlson, Devin DeSantis, Jarret Ditch, Matt Edmonds, Michael Ehlers, Jackson Evans, Michael Glazer, Mallory Green, Kent Haina, Sean Michael Hunt, George Keating, Andrew Keltz, Dorrey Lyles, Susan Moniz, Kelli Morgan, Max Quinlan, Cara Salerno, Laura Scheinbaum, Katie Spellman, Joey Stone, Peter Terry, Emily Thompson, Tiffany Topol, Sean Walton and Bernie Yvon.

The artistic team for The Boys From Syracuse is led by director and choreographer David Bell with musical direction by Keith Dworkin. The design team includes set designer Sally Weiss, costume designer Tatjana Radisic, lighting designer Jesse Klug and properties designer Gregory Isaacs. For the last 25 years, director Bell's career has spanned a wide range of international and national projects, as director, choreographer and author. As artistic director of the historic Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, he inaugurated such world- premiere musicals as Elmer Gantry, A Christmas Carol (adapter) and Hot Mikado (author — winner Helen Hayes Award, Best Director) as well as the recent record-breaking productions of 1776, and Children of Eden (Helen Hayes Nominee, Best Choreography).

In Chicago Bell's work has earned 30 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations (he won the award nine times). His work at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre includes the recent popular productions of Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It (winner of the After Dark Award, Best Director), and The Comedy of Errors. At the Marriott Theatre, he directed over 30 productions including Matador, Peggy Sue Got Married, Chess, Little Me and Windy City.

For reservations phone (630) 530-0111 or call TicketMaster at (312) 559-1212. You may also visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.drurylaneoakbrook.com.

Ryan Reilly and Tiffany Topol in <i>The Boys from Syracuse</i>.
Ryan Reilly and Tiffany Topol in The Boys from Syracuse. Photo by Johnny Knight
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