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click to enlarge Justin Keyes, Chris Sams, Tyrone L. Robinson, Will Skrip, and Sean Blake

Justin Keyes, Chris Sams, Tyrone L. Robinson, Will Skrip, and Sean Blake

Brett Beiner

When: Wednesdays-Sundays. Continues through Oct. 23 2016
Price: $41.60-$57.20
Drury Lane's current revival of this popular jukebox musical anthologizing the work of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller is far better than it has to be. Where other, less ambitious directors might be content to let the hit tunes carry the show, director-choreographer Marcia Milgrom Dodge uses each song as the springboard to a fully realized comic vignette or dance sequence. The result is a glorious evening of live music videos, populated with pop icons and stock figures from 50s and 60s pop culture. It helps that she packs the cast with powerful triple threats who know how to find something new in old chestnuts like “On Broadway,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Love Potion #9.” Donica Lynn, in particular, really blows the roof off the joint. —Jack Helbig

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