Imperial Theatre, (1/06/1963 - 9/12/1964)
Shubert Theatre, (9/14/1964 - 11/14/1964)

Opening Date: Jan 06, 1963
Closing Date: Nov 14, 1964
Total Previews: 8
Total Performances: 774

Category: Musical, Comedy, Drama, Original, Broadway
Setting: North of England and London. About 1850.

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

Produced by David Merrick and Donald Albery

Book by Lionel Bart; Music by Lionel Bart; Lyrics by Lionel Bart; Freely adapted from "Oliver Twist" by Charles Dickens; Musical Director: Donald Pippin; Music orchestrated by Eric Rogers

Directed by Peter Coe

Scenic Design by Sean Kenny; Costume Design by Sean Kenny; Lighting Design by John Wyckham

General Manager: Jack Schlissel; Company Manager: Richard Highley

Technical Supervisor: Ian Albery; Production Supervisor: Neil Hartley; Production Stage Manager: Ross Bowman; Stage Manager: Edward Hastings

Music Contractor: Morris Stonzek

General Press Representative: Lee Solters and Harvey B. Sabinson; Press Representative: Lila Glaser; Casting: Michael Shurtleff and Alan Shayne; Dog Trainer: Howard Finklestein; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Fred Golden

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Opening Night Cast

Georgia BrownNancy
Clive RevillFagin
John CallDr. Grimwig
Willoughby GoddardMr. Bumble
the Beadle
Barry HumphriesMr. Sowerberry
the Undertaker
Hope JackmanMrs. Corney
the Matron
David JonesThe Artful Dodger
Geoffrey LumbMr. Brownlow
Bruce ProchnikOliver Twist
Danny SewellBill Sikes
Jed AllanLondoner
Johnny BordenWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Barbara BossertLondoner
Helena CarrollMrs. Sowerberry
wife of Mr. Sowerberry
Cherry DavisCharlotte Sowerberry
daughter of the Sowerberry's
Jack DavisonLondoner
Dortha DuckworthMrs. Bedwin
Eugene EndonWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Bryant FraserWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Randy GaynesWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
James GlennLondoner
Bobby GoldWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Lesley HuntLondoner
John M. KimbroLondoner
Michael LamontLondoner
Allan LokosLondoner
Terry LomaxNoah Claypool
apprentice of the Sowerberrys
Sal LombardoWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Dodie MarshallLondoner
Ruth MaynardOld Sally
a pauper
Richard MillerLondoner
Christopher MonthWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Patrick O'ShaughnessyWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Alan PaulWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Barry PearlWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Moose PetingLondoner
Alice PlaytenBet
George PrioloWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Ruth RamseyLondoner
Robbie ReedWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Nina ReiterLondoner
Ray TudorLondoner
Christopher VotosWorkhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Maura K. WedgeLondoner

Standby: Rae Allen (Nancy)

Understudies: Jed Allan (Bill Sikes), Rae Allen (Mrs. Sowerberry), Johnny Borden (Noah Claypool, The Artful Dodger), John Call (Mr. Bumble), Helena Carroll (Mrs. Corney), Eugene Endon (Oliver Twist), Randy Gaynes (Oliver Twist), Barry Humphries (Fagin), Lesley Hunt (Bet, Charlotte Sowerberry), John M. Kimbro (Dr. Grimwig), Michael Lamont (Noah Claypool), Allan Lokos (Mr. Brownlow), Richard Miller (Fagin), George Priolo (The Artful Dodger), Ruth Ramsey (Mrs. Bedwin, Old Sally), Ray Tudor (Mr. Sowerberry) and Maura K. Wedge (Nancy)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

 1963 Best Musical [nominee] 

Book by Lionel Bart; Music by Lionel Bart; Lyrics by Lionel Bart; Produced by David Merrick and Donald Albery

 1963 Best Author of a Musical [nominee] 

Book by Lionel Bart

winner 1963 Best Composer and Lyricist [winner] 

Music by Lionel Bart; Lyrics by Lionel Bart

 1963 Best Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

Clive Revill

 1963 Best Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Georgia Brown

 1963 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 

David Jones

winner 1963 Best Scenic Design [winner] 

Sean Kenny

 1963 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

Peter Coe

winner 1963 Best Conductor and Musical Director [winner] 

Musical Director: Donald Pippin

 1963 Best Producer of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by David Merrick

 1963 Best Producer of a Musical [nominee] 

Produced by Donald Albery


music by Lionel Bart; lyrics by Lionel Bart

ACT 1 Sung By
Food, Glorious FoodThe Boys
Oliver!Mr. Bumble (the Beadle), Mrs. Corney (the Matron), Oliver Twist and the Boys
I Shall ScreamMrs. Corney (the Matron) and Mr. Bumble (the Beadle)
Boy For SaleMr. Bumble (the Beadle)
That's Your FuneralMr. Sowerberry (the Undertaker), Mr. Bumble (the Beadle) and Mrs. Sowerberry (wife of Mr. Sowerberry)
Where Is Love?Oliver Twist
Consider YourselfThe Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist and Crowd
You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or TwoFagin, Oliver Twist and Boys
It's A Fine LifeNancy and Bet
I'd Do AnythingThe Artful Dodger, Nancy, Oliver Twist, Bet and Fagin
Be Back SoonFagin, The Artful Dodger, Oliver Twist and Boys
ACT 2 Sung By
Oom- Pah-PahNancy and Company
My NameBill Sikes
As Long As He Needs Me Nancy
Where Is Love? (Reprise) Mrs. Bedwin
Who Will Buy?Oliver Twist and Chorus
It's A Fine Life (Reprise) Bill Sikes, Nancy, Fagin and Boys
Reviewing The SituationFagin
Oliver! (Reprise) Mr. Bumble (the Beadle) and Mrs. Corney (the Matron)
As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise) Nancy
Reviewing The Situation (Reprise) Fagin
Food, Glorious Food (Reprise) Boys
Consider Yourself (Reprise) Boys
I'd Do Anything (Reprise) Entire Company

Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Imperial Theatre

(1/6/1963 - 9/12/1964)

Musical Director: Oscar Kosarin, Robert McNamee, Milton Rosenstock.

Assistant to Mr. Schlissel: David Payne.

Assistant Conductor: Skip Redwine.


Linda Barrie
Johnny Borden
Bobbie Bradley
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Helena Carroll
Mrs. Corney
the Matron
Lucille Cole
Stuart Getz
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Paul Kroll
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Ronald Kroll
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Ronnie Kroll
Oliver Twist
Bart Larsen
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Joan Lombardo
Ruth Maynard
Mrs. Sowerberry
wife of Mr. Sowerberry
Blaise Morton
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Jeffrey Neal
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Paul O'Keefe
Oliver Twist
Jackie Perkuhn
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
George Priolo
The Artful Dodger
Robin Ramsay
Mr. Sowerberry
the Undertaker
Michael Roberts
Terry Robinson
Howard Ross
Malcolm Taylor
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang
Ann Tell
Maura K. Wedge
During Georgia Brown's vacation
Nancy (Jul 22, 1963 - Aug 3, 1963)
Gregg Weir
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang

Understudy: Paul Kroll (The Artful Dodger), Ruth Maynard (Mrs. Sowerberry), Blaise Morton (Oliver Twist), Robin Ramsay (Fagin), Michael Roberts (Bill Sikes), Malcolm Taylor (The Artful Dodger), Ann Tell (Mrs. Corney, Mrs. Sowerberry).

Shubert Theatre

(9/14/1964 - 11/14/1964)


Jimmy Merrill
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang (circa. 1964 - ?)
Robin Ramsay
Victor Stiles
Workhouse Boy / Fagin's Gang

Understudy: Victor Stiles (Oliver Twist).

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