By Lionel Bart
Oliver! is an English musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. Oliver! takes place in the nineteenth century, London. Oliver Twist, a penniless orphan, is sent from the orphanage to labor in the workhouses of London where children are mistreated and poorly fed. In his attempt to runaway, he is comes across the Artful Dodger, who welcomes him into a gang of pickpockets lead by the old crook Fagin. With a well known score of treasured songs including “Consider Yourself,” “Food, Glorious, Food,” “Oom-pah-pah,” and “Where is Love?” audiences will be humming along throughout the show!