The gifted cast and rous­ing tunes of ever­green mu­si­cal Oliver!, based on the clas­sic Charles Dick­ens tale, has au­di­ences lin­ing up for more

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY - KATE PE­TERS

The big open­ing this week is Spot­light’s Oliver!, with a cast of 60 and a bunch of well-known songs. At its open­ing, the show re­ceived 23 cur­tain-calls, and Lionel Bart’s score was lauded next day for its rich­ness and va­ri­ety, from rous­ing show­stop­pers Con­sider Your­self and I’d Do Any­thing to the char­ac­ter songs in­clud­ing Fa­gin’s Pick a Pocket or Two and Re­view­ing the Sit­u­a­tion, and Nancy’s It’s a Fine Life and the torchy bal­lad As Long As He Needs Me. Bart later said when com­pos­ing his songs, he al­ways thought of Judy Gar­land singing them. It won Novello Awards for out­stand­ing score of the year, out­stand­ing song of the year and best-sell­ing song (the last two both for As Long As He Needs Me). Oliver! ran for 2618 per­for­mances in Lon­don, and was a hit on Broad­way where it opened in 1963 and ran for 774 per­for­mances, win­ning Bart a Tony Award. Spot­light’s pro­duc­tion is heav­ily booked al­ready. To get your ticket, call 5539 4255. Long-time song stylist and su­perb vo­cal­ist Lynn Rogers will be ap­pear­ing at Robina’s Spaghetti & Jazz on March 7 in her show Women in Jazz. It’s great to see Lynn ap­pear­ing from time to time in venues around town – she does what she does ex­tremely well. Yours truly got to see just a slice of the forth­com­ing play Bar­maids at GCLT’s pop­u­lar Drinks with the Di­rec­tor last week. The two stars are Tara Page and Kate McNair, both Palm Award-win­ning ac­tresses who have also had ex­pe­ri­ence work­ing in a bar. This looks like be­ing huge fun. Di­rec­tor Michael Sut­ton has also done the su­perb set. Book by call­ing GCLT on 5532 2096 for the play open­ing on Satur­day. GCLT has now de­cided to put Hello, Dolly! back to the orig­i­nal times­lot of Novem­ber. Cur­rently in re­hearsal on the Coast are GCLT’s Bar­maids, Spot­light Theatre’s Oliver!, Tu­gun Theatre’s Old Ac­tors Never Die, and Tweed’s Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean. See you in a crowded foyer real soon!

Spot­light Theatre’s new pro­duc­tion of Oliver! is heav­ily booked al­ready so grab a ticket soon.

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