The classic pen of Charles Dickens' "Oliver Twist" is transformed into the Lionel Bart/Johnny Green version of "OLIVER!"
The story centers around an orphan boy, played by Mark Lester, who becomes a member of Mr. Fagin's boys. Fagin (Ron Moody) trains the youth as pickpockets and gives them a home in poverty stricken London. The musical tells a wonderful story of survival, betrayal, and murder sure to be of interest to all theatre goers.
This award-winning musical introduced Ron Moody, Mark Lester, Jack Wild and Shani Wallis to American audiences. The Academy awards included Best Picture, Honorary Choreography Achievement to Onna White, Best Director (Carol Reed), Best Musical Score, Best Sound and Best Picture.
The music is memorable and you will leave the theatre humming the delightful tunes: "Food, Glorious Food," "Where is Love?," "Consider Yourself," "I'd Do Anything," and the hit tune to land on the charts, "As Long As He Needs Me."
The theme of the film is a rather adult one, but the film is rated G. I think parents would want to accompany their pre-teens to this show. Some violent scenes could be disturbing to little ones. I have no doubt that a family would enjoy seeing this together. Why not make an afternoon of it?
If you're in the mood for an award winning musical, this one is a big winner. Check it out at the Orpheum this weekend.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit the theater for tours and check out the gallery and exhibit hall that features Iowa stage and film memorabilia and information. Call the Orpheum Theater Center movie hotline at 641-844-5907 or visit www.orpheumcenter.com
Tom LaVille is a retired Marshalltown drama and literature teacher. LaVille's Critic's Corner column appears Friday in the Times-Republican.