Written on: 15/03/2011 by smartlivigirl888 (1 review written)
Oliver was a very good play. It was charming, though Oliver's voice was a little high. I would reccomend to all my friends to see it. I liked all the singing plus five of my classmates were in it. There wasn't anything I didn't like about it. Recommeding it to all tickets are $10 at the door. Check out goshenschools.org for shows. You would like to know that it will be scary for some children. (read more)
Written on: 12/01/2011
Saw the final matinee performance Sat 8th Jan. This was an extremely poor performance by all. The sound was poor, Griff Rhys Jones was embarrasing as Fagin, Kerry Ellis was not as good as Jodie Prenger and Steven Hartley should take some singing & acting lessons, Having seen the show last year with Omid Djalilli & Jodie Prenger giving their all and a much better oliver & Artful Dodger, I feel cheated, the cast came across as if they couldn't wait for it to end....neither could I, what a... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2011
I took my Brother to see this show for his Birthday 6th Jan 2011, I was really looking forward to it, as we have been fans of Oliver since kids.
The Arful dodger, was fantastic, singing,dancing and charactor, spot on and the staging was excellent. I was not overly impressed with any of the other actors singing, dancing abilities, and Bill Sykes was a bit boring, the whole show was a bit slow to begin with, but got better in the middle and the end. However what I was very disappointed with... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2011
nancy was great ,fagan not to good as was bill sykes but the scenery was fantastic that alone was worth going to see ,but whatever you do dont buy balcony tickets because they are nearly all restricted veiwing and you are not told this when booking you will also need a ventalator to get up the stairs ,there is no lifts so by the time i got to the top needless to say i wasnt in the greatest of moods but nancy and the artful dodger brightened me up the were brill (read more)
Written on: 01/01/2011
i thought oliver was amzing any who likes to go to the theatre then i really recomend it very much. kerry ellis made a stunning performace as always she really gave it all her singing was amzing adn the acting was fabulas. everyone gave the show very fun and enjoyable. when anyone goes in and watches the show all come out with a smile on the face and say that it was very good. i really recomand it to any age. but need to book qiuck it is finishing soon. (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2010
I would recommend Oliver to all ages. It was a fantastic show. Super dancing, great singing, a really enjoyable show. Lots of excellent talent from Fagins Gang boys. As the show closes in a few weeks time I would recommend you go very soon. (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2010
Oliver The Musical 15th December 2010. Spectacular scenery and the kids were very well drilled. What happened to 'It's a Fine Life' - far to fast and nearly missed it. I certainly couldn't make out the words. Bill Sykes will end up with a severely damaged voice if he carries on in that tuneless gravely way of singing/speaking and acting lessons wouldn't go amiss - the 'dramatic pauses' were excruciating. Kerry Ellis was just not on form and in fact gave the opinion that she, and in fact many... (read more)
Written on: 17/12/2010
The staging is magnificent and deserves awards, but although the storyline is somewhat 'darker' than the technicolour film I felt the pace was too fast and too superficial! Where could we see the relationship between Nacy & Bill, which makes Nancy's murder so horrific? Stephen Hartley had the necessary menace for Bill Sykes but fell short of true characterisation. Griff Rhys-Jones as Fagin fell very short of the mark - no menace, no charm - more of a panto character! For a ticket price... (read more)
Written on: 01/11/2010
This show was such a disappointment. Kerry Ellis was superb but apart from her, everyone else seemed disinterested and uninvolved with the production. Griff Rhys Jones was weak, and not wily enough. Steven Hartley was not at all menacing and the lad who played Oliver was irritating. Oh, the lad who played the Artful Dodger was quite good. Travelled to London for this show only and thought I should have stayed home. (read more)
Written on: 31/10/2010
DURING THE FIRST 1/2 HOUR, I FELT A BIT DISAPPOINTED AS IT WAS SLOW TO GET WARMED UP AND i COULDN'T HEAR WHAT BUMBLE WAS SAYING. HOWEVER, AFTER THAT THE SHOW REALLY WARMED UP AND WAS THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE. STEVE HARTLEY (BILL SYKES) WAS REALLY REALLY GOOD. YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP BECAUSE HIS ACTING WAS SO MENACING WITH SO MUCH TENSION. ARTFUL DODGER WAS BRILLIANT TOO. RUSS ABBOT AS FAGIN WAS OK BUT I THINK HE COULD HAVE PUT MORE OF HIS OWN MARK ON THE ROLE! NANCY WAS BRILL TOO. (read more)
Written on: 28/10/2010
Went for a day out in London for a family get together and had a great time. What a fantastic show. We were really excited to see the show and had splashed out on a box BB1. The view was excellent because there was nobody in front of us and it had plenty of room for our shopping bags and coats etc. My daughter (7 years) usually struggles to see but had no problems from the box. The children actors were briliant singers and dancers but best of all was Russ Abbot, he made a fabulous Fagin.
I... (read more)
Written on: 26/10/2010
Oliver is one of the best musicals in history, there's no doubt about that, and Cameron Mackintosh's new production just makes it all the better! All these idiots who are saying that he added new things in, THAT'S NOT TRUE!!!! It strictly follows all of the other previous productions, and just because few of the songs weren't shown in the film, now they're new apparently? Mmmm.... the children were fantastic, and the set was just astonishing. Kerry Ellis was amazing, so were the rest of... (read more)
Written on: 05/10/2010
What an excellent show. The children were fantastic and stole the show. Russ Abbot an excellent Fagin, Kerry Ellis, an amazing singer. We sat in the grand circle and had excelllent view of the whole stage.Well worth the money, lots of great songs and fantastic dancing, particularly from Fagins gang Boys. (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2010
Ben Wilson (Dodger) totally stole the shoe, he was fantastic!!! Great production that has hd me singing all day!!! Russ Abbot was very funny as Fagin and Kerry Ellis was the perfect Nancy. (read more)
Written on: 25/09/2010
Fantastic show. The kids and Russ Abbot as Fagin really made it. Bill Sykes lacked a little something though! The theatre is absolutely beautiful and well worth a visit. Go and see it, you won't regret it. (read more)
Written on: 09/09/2010
This show is fantastic. Russ Abbott was great as Fagin, and the Artful Dodger was fantastic what a talent. All of the cast were brilliant and would love to see it again. the scenes were of a high standard and overall WHAT A SHOW WELL DONE !!!!! There wasn't anything I didn't like about it. (read more)
Written on: 06/09/2010
The scenery was absolutely fabulous. Russ Abbott was funny and the Artful Dodger was a very talented young performer but the best bit was when Nancy sang ' As long as he needs me' I had goosebumps - fantastic! What a great night. Well worth the money. (read more)
Written on: 05/07/2010
We had a choice as to seeing Oliver or the Jersey Boys for a second time. We chose Oliver and what a mistake. There is no flow to the show and some of the performances are very week. Russ Abbott as Fagin is very good and the star of the show. Only fools and horses 'trigger' was awful. Think twice before you spend £65 for stalls tickets (read more)
Written on: 20/05/2010
second time i have seen oliver first time with jodie prenger and rowan atkinson....i love kerry ellis but foud it hard to here her voice at times she was not as convincing as jodie in the role...griff rys jones was superb as were the children oliver was played by the little welsh boy that won it on the show "id do anything" and was also superb...would i go again...no seen it twice roll on the wizard of oz ! (read more)
Written on: 25/04/2010
I love 'Oliver!' so was excited to see its 2009 revival. What a disappointment! The opening set was breathtaking (as were many others) but as soon as the orchestra struck up and the actors entered the stage, I knew that the show was going to be awful. I have seen better amateur shows. Most of the leading performances were mechanical with no heart including Omid Djalili's interpretation of Fagin. The actor playing Oliver was taller than some of the adults and his rendition of the powerfully... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2010
I went to see Oliver last week at the theatre royal (http://www.reallyuseful.com/theatres/theatre-royal-drury-lane) with my family and despite the dissapointing news that Rowan Aktinson had been taken ill and would not be performing as fagen, the show was fantastic.
I thought the supporting cast of children where the most impressive as they were all in fine voice and really stole the show in my opinion. I will be defineitey coming to see the show again, espiecially if as rumored Omid Djalili... (read more)
Written on: 15/04/2010
I went to see Oliver! with my school as we were doing a production. I thought it was absolutely fantastic! Jodie was amazing as Nancy as was the boy that played Oliver. The Artful Dodger was extremely believable. My favorite actor was by far Rowan Atkinson. He fitted the part perfectly and got in plenty of laughs along the way, even managing to tie it to Mr Bean at one point. The scenery was amazing. It almost upstaged the rest of the show! Almost! I think it was one of the best musicals I... (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2010
We could'nt decide which Musical to see at our recent trip to London. We are so pleased that we chose Oliver ! Griff Rhys Jones was absolutely fab as Fagin, as was jodie Prenger as Nancy. The whole cast did absolutely great. Costumes and scenery were fantastic also. We are not always easily pleased, but can honestly say that this show is well worth watching and don't listen to the bad reviews!! (read more)
Written on: 30/12/2009
Having loved oliver since a child and seeing the last big west end version in the 90's I was really looking forward to this show. What a huge disappointment, an amateur pantomime comes to mind, the production was pants, nothing flowed and the kids seemed very unrehearsed in the leading role, thank goodness for Jody at least she can hold the stage. I am no wine snob and do like westend musicals having been to a few in 2009, this is the only one I would not recommend, such a shame. (read more)
Written on: 28/05/2009
We went to see Oliver! yesterday afternoon at the Drury Lane Theatre, London and were extremely disappointed by it. Oliver is one of our favourite musicals, but we have seen local amateur productions of a much higher standard than this. We felt that a lot of the vocals were weak, a couple of the characters were masking northern accents poorly (particularly Mr Bumble) - and that all in all the best actor by far was the dog!
The boy playing the Artful Dodger was quite believable in his... (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2009 by hisfirstime (1 review written)
Forget the whinging wine toffs who rave on about the total lack of historical credibility, and complain that Lionel Bart washes away Dickin's sad tale with song... Oliver is a masterpiece!
The show is fantastic, and Rowan Atkinson fans will feel like kids in a lolly shop!
A show I will tick off as one of my life highlights! (read more)
Written on: 14/04/2009 by cawright (1 review written)
Very disappointing. We had tickets for Oliver for a year, voted for Jodie and had good seats, so we were looking forward to seeing the show. However, within the first act, I could see that it had been ruined, I kept hoping that it was going to get better but it didnt. New bits and songs were added in, which isnt Oliver, it seemed that the Artful dodger was not strong enough and kept forgetting his words. There was so much noise in the background, you couldnt always here what was being... (read more)
Written on: 28/01/2009 by Justmyopinion (1 review written)
Those less familiar with Oliver will love it. The kids, the music, the amazing sets.In fact the sets were so good they almost upstaged everything else. Great choreography and ensemble numbers. Good orchestrations. Jodie Prenger was much better than many critics have allowed us to believe. She's obviously easing into the role. Oh and Bullseye was brilliantly trained!! They'll enjoy the knees up Oom-Pah-Pah feel of the whole piece. They'll love the masses of kids and the show's sheer... (read more)
Written on: 15/01/2009
We were initially disappointed to arrive at the theatre and find that Jodie was not performing due to illness, but the "Alternative Nancy", Tamsin was a more than adequate replacement. If you go on a night when she is performing you will not be disappointed.
The show was brilliant from start to finish, I cannot praise it highly enough. All the kids are fantastic, the adult characters believable. the musical arrangements among the best I've heard.
All the positive comments you've heard about... (read more)
Written on: 13/01/2009 by grayling38 (1 review written)
Everything. Set was amazing, all the cast were perfect, Rowan Atkinson as Fagin was superb.Go and see Oliver! (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2009 by rhicks156 (1 review written)
Although Oliver was good, and Rowan Atkinson was very witty as Fagin, I felt the second half was much quicker than the first in how the story comes out and it becomes quite hard to keep up. I thought the first half was just better generally. I havn't seen many musicals and Oliver! falls in third behind Joseph and Blood Brothers. (read more)
Written on: 09/01/2009
We had excellent seats, good views etc., and settled down to enjoy the show. Jodi was not my choice but i admit she made a good fist of it. Rowan Atkinson was a shock, he did have truly great moments and had he built on them it would have been the best performance of Fagin ever, sadly he slipped into Blackadder and Mr,Bean, even acknowledging the audience at one point and turning the performance into a pantomime. (read more)
Written on: 08/01/2009 by gillettsj
Overall, the production was very good. The children were excellent, especially The Artful Dodger. Unfortunately Oliver was extremely weak and paled into insignificance when singing with the other children. Jodie Prenger gave a strong performance especially when singing 'If Only He Needs Me". Although Rowan Atkinson was, as always, very good, it was a mix between Blackadder and Mr Bean! (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2009
We were delighted to get seats in Box N at the back of the Grand Circle for the matinee performance on the 31st December. Unfortunately the overhang from the Grand Balcony above us obscured the top 6ft or so of the set.
This upper portion of the set is used periodically throughout the show for some musical numbers and to emphasize Bridges or to set the street level apart from the underworld inhabited by Fagin and the gang.
Overall though it was still a wonderful piece of musical theatre,... (read more)
Written on: 07/01/2009
Fagin was fabulous of course, as everyone mentions. I loved "Who will buy" and all the big numbers as they filled the space and lifted the spirits. Was Fagin and Nancy's show rather than ensemble piece - Bill Sykes hardly got a look-in, which was a pity. Where was Dodger when Fagin walked off in the final scene? (Rather changed the ending). Very good show although the seats up in the gods were scarily vertiginous. (read more)
Written on: 06/01/2009 by hopefull52 (1 review written)
Whole cast were superb, but Rowan Atkinson was just on another level, if I have to be honest I felt Iwas watching Rowan playing Ron Moody playing Fagin, it was just that good. Watch for the awards rolling in.
Mr & Mrs Bumble were two other charachters who for me particularly stood out.
The set was marvelous and really took on the look and feel of old London.
Can not praise it high enough Loved it. (read more)
Written on: 04/01/2009
The scenery was excellent and captured the essence and atmosphere of Dicken's Victorian London.
Rowan Atkinson's Fagin made it for me.
Overall, the cast were excellent and all the familiar songs were great. I'd certainly recommended it to anyone as my 9 year old daughter loved it and wants to go again.
Overall, an excellent slick production with a great cast - so I'll definitely try to see again. (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2008 by MILLYMOLL
The most enjoyable two and a half hours we have had in years! The children (ophans!) were amazing - very highly polished performances from all of them. Harry Stott was Oliver in the performance we saw - he was excellent. Rowan Atkinson's performance as Fagin was truly outstanding - Of course our children know him well ..as either Jonny English or Mr Bean and couldn't wait to see "someone famous"!
As this was our Christmas family treat, we had tickets in the stalls - NOT CHEAP, BUT they were... (read more)
Written on: 22/12/2008
I saw the same production 3 times in the 90's at the Palladium, with Jonathan Pryce, Robert Lindsay and Barry Humphries as Fagin. Pryce and Lindsay were particulary good, but Rowan Atkinson's portrayal of Fagin usurps them. The set/scenery has improved too and I have to say that Jodie Prenger's perfomance of "As long as he needs me" was quite brilliant.
I will being doing my best to get tickets to go again! (read more)
Written on: 18/12/2008
Oliver is an excellent show with a couple of songs that were new to me - "Your Funeral" was very funny. I've read other reviews complementing Rowan Atkinson and I think you need to be much closer to the stage to get his wonderful shtick. No opera glasses on my row in the circle! (read more)
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