Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oliver!

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Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2009

Oliver!For the fourth edition of my musical segment, I am featuring Oliver! “Oliver!” is a British musical which is based from Charles Dicken’s novel “Oliver Twist.” Music and lyrics for the said musical was crafted by Lionel Bart. It has been running for more than 40 years after it premiered in West End in 1960. Currently, it is running in London since January of this year.

Compared to Charles Dicken’s Oliver Twist, the musical plot is simplified and one character (Fagin) is more of a comic than a villain in the novel. The musical is packed with drama and great music. Two of the famous songs from that musical are “I’d Do Anything” and “As Long As He Needs Me.”

The musical by the ways runs with the story of Oliver, an orphan whose mother died at childbirth. When he escaped the orphanage, he met a group of boys that pick-pocket for their master. He eventually learned the tricks of pick-pocketing and was caught stealing. The story unfolds when they have discovered about Oliver’s family history.

This is have to see!

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