Monday, July 24, 2006

Oliver! no longer a Rumor ...

Since it's up on the website, It's no longer a rumor - so I'll point it out. Rhinebeck Theater Society (RTS), has just announced their fall musical ... Oliver! Rhinebeck Theater Society is the group that I just finished doing Music Man with, so this is pretty exciting. From the announcement:

"The Rhinebeck Theatre Society, coming off the smash hit "The Music Man," brings director Herman Sebek back for Lionel Bart's awesome musical rendering of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist." Choreographed by NY City Ballet's Miriam Mahdaviani, and produced by Rich Hack and David Forman for RTS. Order tickets early for this one, because it will sell out!"

About Oliver!
The Show:
It first appeared in the West End in 1960, and enjoyed a long run that launched the careers of several child actors, including Davy Jones, later of The Monkees. The musical is based upon Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. That it was the first such adaptation of a Dickens novel was one of the reasons why it attracted such attention. Another was the revolving stage set, an innovation designed by Sean Kenny.

The original London production of Oliver! opened in the New Theatre on June 30, 1960. Among the original cast were Ron Moody as Fagin, Georgia Brown as Nancy, and Barry Humphries in a small role as a humorous undertaker. It may have had a strong influence on many elements in the 1964 Disney film Mary Poppins.

A Broadway production opened in the Imperial Theatre on January 6, 1963.

In 1994, Oliver! was revived for the London stage with some additional music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. It was directed by Sam Mendes, and featured Jonathan Pryce as Fagin, Sally Dexter as Nancy, James Villiers (Mr Brownlow) and Miles Anderson as Bill Sikes. Later on in the run of this production, Jon Lee, who would later rise to fame as a member of the successful pop group, "S Club 7", played the title role.

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