Music, Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart
Licensed by Arrangement with Oliver Productions, Ltd.
And Oliver Promotions, Ltd. Directed By: Rachel Rockwell
One of the most beloved classics of all time, OLIVER! is the wildly successful British musical based on the Charles Dickens novel. After a successful opening run in the West End in 1960, OLIVER! has brought Dickens’ ageless characters to life, enjoying numerous critically acclaimed runs and revivals in the United States and England. Audiences will follow orphan Oliver Twist as he embarks on a life-threatening adventure through the dismal streets of nineteenth-century England. The sensational score includes Food Glorious Food, Consider Yourself, You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two, I’d Do Anything, As Long As He Needs Me and many more.
Hide Director's NotesDirector's Notes:As the mother of a young son, Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist has always resonated strongly
with me. Watching the plight of an orphaned boy as he encounters a parade of corrupt adults and
institutions, strikes a parental chord and is a reminder of the terrifying lack of control one can
experience in childhood. Dickens wrote Oliver Twist to draw attention to the grotesque inequities
between the classes and as a protest to England’s Poor Laws. Apart from Oliver’s initial request for
“more” (in the novel, it is not for himself but for a boy who swears that without another helping,
he might eat the boy next to him), we don’t hear much from him in the story. However, Oliver’s
struggle to survive the cruelties that surround him, spoke volumes to the hearts and minds of
those who opposed England’s class system. Lionel Barts beautiful script and score transport us to
Dickensian England, where we follow Oliver through a threatening maze of gas-lit alleys to the
warm hearth and security of his family’s home.
On a personal note, my seven-year-old son, Jake, is making his first-ever stage appearance in this
production. He auditioned along with a hundred other boys. At the first call, he waited in the hall
for over two hours and informed me that if he ever did this again, he was getting an agent! After
surviving three rounds of auditions, he is our youngest cast member. Watching my boy—while
our sweet Oliver sings “Where Is Love,” or watching him delight in the camaraderie of the other
boys in “Be Back Soon”—has made this an extraordinarily special experience and a story I am
extremely passionate about telling. I hope you will enjoy Oliver! --Rachel Rockwell
2013-2014 Show Times & Single Ticket Prices
Recommended Dining Time
3:30 Pre-Show 8:00 Post-Show
Brunch 12:00 Dinner 4:00
* No children under 5. Prices do not include gratuity.
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"The children in Rachel Rockwell's production are simply fantastic. Really!"
Where you have kids working like this, of course, you have a gifted director. And so it is with Rockwell, whose ensemble work in this show is detailed, organic and entirely engrossing (the superb musical direction is by Roberta Duchak). Better yet, this is a dark and truthful "Oliver," one of those ...
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"You could leave Drury Lane in the most Blissful, Gobsmacked, Fully Satisfied state ... It is that Wonderful!"
Rachel Rockwell, the Chicago director and choreographer who may well be this generation’s counterpart to Jerome Robbins, and who is an acknowledged master at putting kids on stage, has now shown us the real inner workings of the stories that spin around both these “orphans.” Her reinvention of “Anni...
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"Your eyes and ears will thank you for every second that you enjoy this matchless production."
As often as this irrepressible potboiler keeps getting revived, it never wears out its welcome. But, for all of the show’s illustrious predecessors, the show’s standard has never been set so high as in director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell‘s perfectly pictorial presentation at Drury Lane Theatre. E...
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"This lively revival of Bart’s timeless classic is an impeccably produced delight."
At the risk of being hyperbolic, let me just say that director Rachel Rockwell’s current staging of Lionel Bart’s smash-hit Oliver! is really nothing short of an exuberant success. Bursting forth with lush colors and a bevy of minutely observed Dickensian characters, this ingeniously staged and whol...
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"'Oliver!' comes to Boisterous life with Memorable Performances and a Beautifully Realized Production!"
Under the smart and insightful watch of director/choreographer Rachel Rockwell, Drury Lane Theatre's "Oliver!" comes to boisterous life with memorable performances and a beautifully realized production....
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"This is one that you should mark in your date book as a MUST SEE!"
For any of you theater lovers who missed the rebooting of “Oliver” brought back to life last year, or the splendid rendition done by Light Opera Works, never fear, because the latest production to hit our area is now on the stage at Drury Lane Oak Theatre in Oakbrook and it is by far the best produc...
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The laughs come fast and furious when Bernard finds himself struggling to keep up with his overwhelming amorous lies. Audiences will have to fasten their seat belts for a roaring ride that will take them up, up and away!
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