Oliver is a musical by Lionel Bart (music, lyrics, and book) based on Charles Dickens' 1838 novel Oliver Twist. Following a smash-hit 8-year debut on London's West End starting in 1960 and a 1962 Broadway production, the hugely popular film adaptation was made in 1968. Several Broadway and West End revivals later, the show is still a popular choice for regional and local theatre productions.
The score includes such memorable tunes as "Food Glorious Food," "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," and "As Long As He Needs Me." Notable actors who have appeared in the show include popular singer/actress Georgia Brown, Patti LuPone (Evita), Rowan Atkinson (Mr. Bean), Kerry Ellis (Wicked), Robert Lindsay (Me and My Girl), Ruthie Henshall (Cats), Jim Dale (Barnum) and Samantha Barks (Les Miserables). Order your Oliver! tickets now to see this enduring classic in person!Plot Synopsis:
In an English workhouse, the hungry orphan boys are being served gruel when one shockingly asks for more, causing the unscrupulous workhouse owners, Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney, to sell him as an apprentice to an undertaker, Mr. Sowerberry. When another employee insults Oliver's mother, he retaliates by attacking him. Mr. Sowerberry locks Oliver in a coffin, but he manages to escape in all the commotion.
After several days of wandering, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger, a young pickpocket and member of Fagin's gang. He also meets the kind Nancy, who is devoted to her abusive boyfriend, Bill Sykes. When Oliver finally discovers that he is in league with criminals, he tentatively goes out on a job but gets arrested and apprehended by the target, the wealthy Mr. Brownlow.
Can Oliver achieve his dream of a better life? The thieves and villains from his past will do anything to try to profit from his association with Mr. Brownlow, but he also has a few friends with noble intentions. Buy Oliver! tickets and learn how this boy's destiny unfolds.Creative Team: Music, Lyrics, & Book Lionel Bart Based on Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens