|Lionel Bart||Lionel Bart||Lionel Bart|
Oliver! is based on the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. It was the first musical adaptation of a famous Charles Dickens work to become a stage hit. There had been two previous Dickens musicals in the 1950's, both of them television adaptations of A Christmas Carol.
The plot of Dickens' original novel is considerably simplified for the purposes of the musical, with Fagin being represented more as a comic character than as a villain. It may well be that Bart based his musical on a David Lean film.
It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, a successful Broadway production in 1963 and further tours and revivals. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1994-1998 and again from 2008-2011.
|Act 1||Act 2|
|Overture||Oom Pah Pah|
|Food, Glorious Food||My Name|
|Oliver||As Long As He Needs Me|
|I Shall Scream||Where is Love? (Reprise)|
|Boy For Sale||Who Will Buy?|
|That's Your Funeral||It's a Fine Life (Reprise)|
|Where is Love?||Reviewing the Situation|
|Consider Yourself||Oliver (Reprise)|
|Pick a Pocket or Two||As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise)|
|It's a Fine Life||Reviewing the Situation (Reprise)|
|I'd Do Anything||Finale|
|Be Back Soon|