Oliver! is one of the most lauded family musicals of all time. It first premiered in 1960 at London’s West End to widespread critical acclaim. Since then, it has had numerous revival productions on Broadway, West End and other theatres of the world. Over the years, it has grabbed numerous awards and accolades including three Tony Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award. Currently, the musical is touring worldwide hitting theatres in the UK, Europe, Canada and the US. In America, it will open at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis and Hobby Center in Houston among other venues. So grab Oliver! tickets and enjoy the brilliant musical with family and friends.
"Consider yourself at home" with Oliver: the Musical if you wish to experience an evening at the theater that offers a healthy helping of entertainment as well as a moving drama that transports you in time and place – in this case, the world of nineteenth century English low-society. Adapted from the famous novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Oliver! is a British musical that opened in London's West End in 1960. Music, lyrics and the book for the first production were all written by Lionel Bart. It became an instant hit and ran for over two thousand performances. It was made into a musical film and has been distinguished by numerous revivals and accolades.
Oliver! became hugely successful on Broadway when it opened in 1964. Twenty years later, in 1984, the Broadway revival of the musical took place, bringing back long-time fans and engaging new ones. Oliver! won the Tony Award for Best Original Score and eventually had two West End Revivals, one in 1994 and the latest one in 2009.
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Ever since its world premiere in 1960, Oliver! has been adapted in numerous theatres around the world. It has had successful runs in countries such as the Netherlands, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many more. Most of these versions were translated to local languages to present a better experience for the audience. As of today, Oliver! has been played in more than twenty languages including Icelandic, Hungarian, Hebrew, Slovakian, Japanese and Dutch.
The book for the latest adaptation of Oliver! remains the same as the one written for the original West End production. It was penned down by Lionel Bart who was working as a book writer for the first time. His earlier engagements in the English theatre were as a composer, a lyricist or both. As for choreography, it is handled by Matthew Bourne who has won numerous awards on West End and Broadway. These include two Tony Awards and a Laurence Olivier Award.
The musical follows the story of an orphan named Oliver who after suffering from miserable conditions in his workhouse and first family’s home, runs away and joins a gang of pickpockets, led by a man called Fagin. In their lair Oliver finds a good friend in Nancy, one of the older gang members, who is also the lover of Fagin’s brutal associate, Bill Sikes. After being taught the ways of street pick-pocketing, Oliver is sent out on his first thieving mission along with the Artful Dodger. Their victim turns out to be a wealthy old man Mr. Brownlow. Since its Oliver’s first time pick-pocketing, he freezes in shock while the others complete their jobs and run. He, however, gets caught by the authorities. Find out what happens next in this riveting story by getting Oliver! Tickets now.
Over the years, the principal characters of the musical have been played by many notable actors. The West End and other British productions have introduced many young and aspiring actors who took Oliver! as their stepping stone to stardom. Actors who have played the criminal Fagin include Jonathan Pryce, Barry Humphries, Jim Dale and Rowan Atkinson.
The Artful Dodger has been portrayed by Jack Wild, Davy Jones and Phil Collins among others. The titular role of Oliver has been filled in by Dennis Waterman and Mark Lester. The current cast for the touring production lists Brian Conley and Neil Morrissey as Fagin and Samantha Banks and Cat Simmons as Nancy. Daniel Huttlestone and three others perform as the Artful Dodger while Oliver is played by four different kids including Oliver Breedon and Joseph Bennett.
The musical features decades-old classic numbers from the original West End production tweaked with a little zing here and there. These hit numbers are as fresh and melodious as they were when first brought to stage by the lyricist and composer Lionel Bart. He has won widespread critical acclaim from all across the globe for his work in Oliver! He was awarded the Tony Award for ‘Best Original Score’ for the musical in 1963. It is considered as the pinnacle of his musical and literary career. Some of the numbers that highlight the musical are “Oliver!” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “Oom-Pah-Pah,” and “Food, Glorious Food.”
Oliver! is now crossing the Atlantic to be performed at various theatres in North America. In the US, theatres such as the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis and the Sarofim Hall of the Hobby Center in Houston will hold performances. So grab Oliver! tickets now and enjoy one of the best family musicals of all time with your family and friends.
The plot of Dickens's original novel has been significantly simplified in order to fit the peculiar requirements of musical theater. Some of Dickens's originally dark elements were replaced by comedy in Oliver! This blunting of the sharp edges of what was intended as social critique by the author, was not appreciated by some puritan critics of the musical who would rather see more fidelity to the original text and the preservation of Dickens's despondent, tragic aura. The majority of people, however, have welcomed the dilution of the heavy-handed elements of the novel. Oliver! does a great job of depicting Dickens's world and his concerns for the down-trodden – this emotive but burdensome theme is balanced by the impressive musical score and humor.
Oliver: The Musical has been an unprecedented success and the first musical adaptation of any work by the literary master to become a theatrical hit. The two previous Dickens musicals in the 1950s, both of them adaptations of A Christmas Carol for Television, pale in comparison to Oliver! in terms of popular appeal. The innovative design, especially the revolving stage set boosted audience ratings.
Songs from Oliver! such as "Food, Glorious Food," "Consider Yourself," "As Long as He Needs Me," "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Oom-Pah-Pah" and "Where is Love?" have become classics of musical theater.
In 1968 Oliver! won Six Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best sound, Best Musical Score, Best Art-Direction and Best Director. Despite the sobering theme of child abuse (masterfully depicted by Dickens) Oliver! garners the catchiest, most hummable songs of contemporary theater. This memorable story of orphans and their corrupt caretakers, benefactors and pick-pockets has a way of engaging the unlikeliest audiences because of the way it incorporates music. With its amazing blend of authentic historical fiction and contemporary music and choreography, Oliver! is sure to make it a fun evening at the theater for adults and children alike.
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