Oliver! Cast & Crew

OLIVER!

Book, music and lyrics by Lionel Bart.

Consider yourself at home with Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, Oliver Twist. This Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for Best Picture and is widely hailed as a true theatrical masterpiece by actors and audience members alike.

The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin.

When Oliver is captured for a theft he did not commit, the benevolent victim, Mr. Brownlow takes him in. Fearing the safety of his hideout, Fagin employs the sinister Bill Sikes and the sympathetic Nancy to kidnap him back, threatening Oliver’s chances of discovering the true love of a family.

CAST AND STAGE AGES:

OLIVER: A workhouse boy. Soprano. Age 10-14. Sings “Where is Love” and other songs.

MR. BUMBLE: The large and pompous Beadle of the workhouse. Baritone. Age 40-60. Sings “Boy For Sale”.

MRS. CORNEY: The workhouse mistress. Soprano. Age 30-60. Sings “I Shall Scream”.

MR. SOWERBERRY: The undertaker. Baritone. Age 30+. Sings “That’s Your Funeral”.

MRS. SOWERBERRY: The undertaker’s wife. Alto. Age 30+. Sings “That’s Your Funeral”.

CHARLOTTE: Rude, but flirtatious daughter of the Sowerberry’s. Age 16-20. Sings as part of the ensemble.

NOAH CLAYPOLE: The undertaker’s apprentice who bullies Oliver. Age 16-20. Sings as part of the ensemble.

FAGIN: A crafty older man who teaches his gang of boys to be thieves and pickpockets.

ARTFUL DODGER: The leader of the gang and the boy who teaches Oliver the ropes.

CHARLEY BATES: A pickpocket in Fagin’s gang. Age 12-16.

WORKHOUSE “BOYS” AND FAGIN’S GANG MEMBERS: Males and females, Ages 10-18. The older ages will double as both Workhouse boys and Fagin’s Gang Members. Sing “Food Glorious Food”, “Consider Yourself”, and many other songs. Many opportunities for solo lines.

BILL SIKES: A villain in his prime. Baritone. Age 30-45. Sings “My Name”.

NANCY: A graduate of Fagin’s academy and Bill’s doxy. Strong Mezzo Belt. Age 20-25. Sings “I’d Do Anything for You”, “As Long as He Needs Me”, and others.

BET: A teenage girl in Fagin’s establishment who idolizes Nancy. Alto. Age 14-18.

MR. BROWNLOW: An older gentleman of wealth and breeding. Age 40+. Sings as part of the ensemble.

DR. GRIMWIG: The doctor. Sings in ensemble. Age 40+.

MRS. BEDWIN: The Brownlow’s housekeeper. Age 40+. Sings as part of the ensemble.

OLD SALLY: A pauper. Age 50-60+. Sings as part of the ensemble.

ENSEMBLE:  All ages to play roles as Workhouse boys, Workhouse Assistants, Bow Street Runners, Street Vendors, and Townspeople. There are featured solo lines in ensemble songs for: Pickpockets, Rose Seller, Strawberry Seller, Milk Maid, Knife Grinder, Long Song Seller.

Act One

  • Prologue / Overture – Orchestra
  • Food, Glorious Food– Workhouse Boys
  • Oliver!– Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney
  • I Shall Scream – Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney
  • Boy for Sale – Mr. Bumble
  • That’s Your Funeral – Mr. Sowerberry, Mrs. Sowerberry, and Mr. Bumble
  • Coffin Music – Orchestra
  • Where is Love? – Oliver
  • The Fight – Orchestra
  • Oliver’s Escape – Orchestra
  • Consider Yourself – The Artful Dodger, Oliver, and Chorus
  • You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two – Fagin and Fagin’s Gang
  • It’s a Fine Life – Nancy, Bet, and Fagin’s Gang
  • I’d Do Anything– The Artful Dodger, Nancy, Oliver, Bet, Fagin, and Fagin’s Gang
  • Be Back Soon – Fagin, The Artful Dodger, Oliver and Fagin’s Gang
  • Capture of Oliver – Orchestra

Act Two

  • Oom-Pah-Pah – Nancy and Chorus
  • My Name – Bill Sikes
  • As Long As He Needs Me – Nancy
  • Where Is Love? (Reprise) – Mrs. Bedwin
  • Who Will Buy? – Oliver, Vendors, and Chorus
  • It’s a Fine Life (Reprise) – Bill Sikes, Nancy, Fagin, and The Artful Dodger
  • Reviewing the Situation -Fagin
  • Oliver! (Reprise) – Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney
  • As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise) – Nancy
  • London Bridge – Orchestra
  • Reviewing the Situation (Reprise) – Fagin
  • Finale – Company

Listen to the Original Broadway Cast Album HERE.