Friday, April 20, 2012

Theatre: Oliver!

Performing Arts Association

Directed and designed by John Senczuk
Music Director Ian Westrip
Regal Theatre
Until April 21
Michael Loney
When it comes to the big musicals, we’ve got to pick a pocket or two in this town. So it is with this locally produced pro-am (largely am) production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! at the Regal.
For all its shortcomings and anachronisms, it’s in many ways more satisfying than the Vegas-style hotel auditorium productions (Wicked, Mary Poppins) that trundle through Burswood, and way better than nothing.
Oliver! is a terribly old-fashioned conveyance (Oom-pah-pah, oom-pah-pah, that’s how it goes…) and this production does precious little to bring it up to date. But it’s a great opportunity for lots of people to try their hand at a big musical, and lots of others to see one in Perth, and for that rare treat we should be grateful.

Link here to the complete review in The West Australian   

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