The truth is, I find very few musicals of any interest whatsoever. I have produced a number of them. Perhaps that’s why they leave me cold. Although, I must profess a love for Oliver!, My Fair Lady, and The Wiz, all three of which I produced back in what now seems like a former life.
So a friend of mine offered me a ticket to see Oliver! at the Fox. I was unsure if I should go or not. Having produced it twice (once fabulously I might add) I didn’t know what I would think of seeing it on the stage when I wasn’t “in control.” I decided to go. Who can resist the Fox anyway?!
I was immensely impressed! We had good seats. The sets were awesome. The costumes were wonderful. The lighting design was glorious!! The acting was generally very good. The singing was fantastic! The choreography was just great fun. I had forgotten what a commentary Dickens made on the society of his time. Regrettably, nothing has much changed since his day.
Perhaps the highlight of the evening was during the intermission. Many children attended the performance. During the intermission a little boy, about the age of the child actors on the stage, was in the aisle dancing the choreography he had just seen in the show. He was so into it! It was a delight.