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