Oliver Twist, the classic novel by the great Charles Dickens has been made into a musical which is now it considered a great classic. Cheap Oliver tickets the Musical has been entertaining theatre goers for decades and it continues to holds its magic. Since its first production in 1960, it has been played to sell out audiences all over the world. Oliver Twist was Charles Dickens second novel, first published in 1838. Considered to be one of the earliest social novels, Dickens has tackled various issues in the novel including poverty, child labor and criminality amongst children. It is filled with dark humor, symbolism and sarcasm and it is remembered for its many unforgettable characters including Fagin, The Artful Dodger and Nancy. The sad story of the young orphan has been retold over and over again, on stages, televisions and cinema screens around the world.
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Lionel Bart, the acclaimed British writer and composer converted Charles Dickens famed novel into the musical Oliver He is credited with its music and lyrics as well as the book for the play. It was an instantaneous hit and was the first musical ever to make its journey from the West End to Broadway. Oliver premiered at the West End, London in 1960 under Peter Coe’s direction it was choreographed by Malcolm Clare. It starred Ron Moody and Georgia Brown in major roles. It previewed in the United States in 1962 with a national tour and came to Broadway a year later where it received excellent reviews by critics. It was revived on Broadway in 1965 by Peter Coe and in London by Cameron Mackintosh in 1977. It was produced again in London in 1983 and then on Broadway in 1984. Ten years later, Oliver was back on stage with brand new lyrics and music penned by Lionel Bart. The show got another London revival in 2009, directed by Rupert Goold, with Rowan Atkinson the world famous Mr. Bean in the role of Fagin This production is also set to go on UK national tour soon.
Oliver spanned the world with a number of international productions. There was a very successful Australian tour which went to Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore. It came to theatre in Philadelphia in 1983 as Walnut Street Theatre inaugural season play. The North American Tour of Oliver played at all major theatres in the United States as well as one in Canada between 2003 and 2005. Another North American National tour came in 2008. The show has also been produced in Estonia, Israel, Belgium and Syria. Charles Dickens novel was also adapted for a musical film in 1968. Directed by Carol Reed it won six Academy Awards including Best Picture.
Oliver has been nominated for numerous awards for its various productions. The 1963 Broadway production was got ten Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical and won three; Lionel Bart for Best Original Score, Donald Pippin for Best Conductor and Musical Director and Sean Kenny for Best Scenic Design. Robert Lindsay won the 1997 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Fagin. In 2010, the play also won three WhatsOnStage.com Awards including the Best Actor in a Musical award for Rowan Atkinson.
Oliver tells the story of an orphan who endeavors to retain his goodness in face of cruel and harsh circumstances. The Musical begins with the famous iconic scene when the young orphan gathers up the courage to say "Please sir, I want some more". For this he is thrown out of the workhouse, and hence starts his journey through the nineteenth century London which sees him being sold out and eventually leads him to the Artful Dodger and the evil criminal, Fagin. To witness the darkest sides of the London underworld as Oliver Twist is trained to be a pickpocket. But he is caught and he ends up the in better company of Mr. Brownlow. Oliver is captured and taken back to Fagin. Nancy tries to rescue him but is murdered by Sykes who is also killed. Oliver is returned where he discovers his true grandfather along with his family’s fortune.
Oliver The Musical has some memorable longs like Food, Glorious Food, Boy for Sale, Where Is Love?, Who Will Buy?, You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, As Long As He Needs Me, Oliver’ and Consider Yourself. Oliver Twist has stood the test of time for nearly two hundred years now. Oliver tickets the best way to see the story on stage as the theatrical adaptation is as memorable, heart-rending and inspiring as the novel itself.