We all are aware of the classic authors. This next musical is based of one of Charles Dickens’ book. Welcome to the world of Oliver- I actually first saw it in 2007 (but don’t remember) and in the past year or so saw the film and really enjoyed it. It was like falling in love with it all over again. What makes Oliver so incredible?
Those songs are classics. From “Consider Yourself” to “I’d Do Anything” to “As Long As He Needs Me” makes it such a classic musical. There are those exciting number, but when you reach “As Long as Needs Me”- heartbreak enters, and it CAN hit you like a pile of bricks (I was crying when I heard this when I saw the film). You want that variation in songs in musicals- in real life, people experience both positive and negative emotions, which is why it is important musicals highlight both.
This story is coming from Oliver Twist, a classic and famous Charles Dickens book. Do I really need to say much more? There is just something about those stories that pull you in- the moment Oliver says those famous lines “Please, Sir I Want Some More”, you automatically are drawn into the story- crazy how just a couple lines can do that. I really do not need to say much- it is a famous Charles Dickens’ story.
Oliver- I love that kid. He has such a good heart. You can tell. The fact that no matter what gets in his way, he still stays true to himself. All he wants is to be loved and doesn’t know what that is- the song, “Where is Love” highlights that. He may be innocent, but no one no matter how much they try to corrupt him make him lose his innocence, heart, or goodness.
Nancy- To be honest, when I first read the book, I didn’t know what to think of her. It can be easy to dislike her in some ways, but after seeing her in the film, I developed a HUGE new opinion. I actually saw her fondness her Oliver even though she will still stay with Bill Sikes. I loved her actions at the end- that truly showed how much she wanted Oliver to have a better life. It gave him a family.
Fagin- While I honestly dislike Fagin, I like him more than Bill Sikes. He has a comic side and honestly treats everyone better.
Bill Sikes- Here’s why I said, I like Fagin more. This guy is abusive and cruel- you clearly see that through how he treats Nancy. So at least Fagin treats the kids a bit better. So, I easily get terrified of him especially with that dog.