Oliver!

Broadway Production (1963)

Production Info

Previews: December 25, 1962 (14 prev.)
Opening January 6, 1963
Closing: November 14, 1964
Length of Run: 774 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Credits Highlights

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Director

Cast

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Oliver Twist
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Mr. Bumble, the Beadle
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Mrs. Corney, the Matron
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Mr. Sowerberry, the Undertaker
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Fagin
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The Artful Dodger
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Nancy
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Bet
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Bill Sikes
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Mr. Brownlow

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • Food, Glorious Food .... The Boys
  • Oliver! .... Mr. Bumble, Widow Corney, Oliver and Boys
  • I Shall Scream .... Widow Corney and Mr. Bumble
  • Boy for Sale .... Mr. Bumble
  • That's Your Funeral .... Mr. Sowerberry, Mr. Bumble, Mrs. Sowerberry
  • Where Is Love? .... Oliver
  • Consider Yourself .... Artful Dodger, Oliver and Crowd
  • You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two .... Fagin, Oliver and Boys
  • It's a Fine Life .... Nancy and Bet
  • I'd Do Anything .... Artful Dodger, Nancy, Oliver, Bet, Fagin
  • Be Back Soon .... Fagin, Artful Dodger, Oliver and Boys

Act Two

  • Oom-Pah-Pah .... Nancy and Company
  • My Name .... Bill Sikes
  • As Long As He Needs Me .... Nancy
  • Where Is Love? (Reprise) .... Mrs. Bedwin
  • Who Will Buy? .... Oliver and Chorus
  • It's a Fine Life (Reprise) .... Bill Sikes, Nancy, Fagin and Boys
  • Reviewing the Situation .... Fagin
  • Oliver! (Reprise) .... Mr. Bumble and Widow Corney
  • As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise) .... Nancy
  • Reviewing the Situation (Reprise) .... Fagin
  • Finale:
    • Food, Glorious Food (Reprise) .... Boys
    • Consider Yourself (Reprise) .... Boys
    • I'd Do Anything (Reprise) .... Full Company

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Trivia & History

Some online sources report 8 previews. According to Variety, however, there were 14, starting on Tuesday, December 25, 1962. There were 6 previews during the first week, and 8 during the second week. Variety was sometimes mistaken about such matters, but the paper seems to have been correct on this.

The production had originally been scheduled to open on Thursday, December 27. Producer David Merrick postponed the opening till Sunday, January 6, in the hope that the strike against New York newspapers that was then in progress would be resolved by that date. It wasn't.

At the time, it was unusual for a Broadway show to open on a Sunday. According to Variety, the reason that the rescheduled opening was on a Sunday was "to avoid a reshuffling of performances which have already been sold." The show was heavily pre-sold to theatre parties, and it played to capacity houses during previews.

It seems likely that there was no preview performance on the date originally scheduled for the opening. This would explain why the production played 6 previews rather than 7 that first week.

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Production Info

Previews: December 25, 1962 (14 prev.)
Opening January 6, 1963
Closing: November 14, 1964
Length of Run: 774 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Venues

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