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Oliver!, All Star Studio Cast Recording
CDJAY 1409

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Book Music and Lyrics by
Lionel Bart

Based on 'Oliver Twist' by
Charles Dickens

Julian Forsythe
Sally Ann Triplett
William Kenning
Stuart Kale
Richard South
Ifran Ahmad
Rosemary Ashe 
John Connell
Joan Davis
Nickolas Grace
Janis Kelly
Clare Louise Connolly
Donald Maxwell
Claire Moore

Orchestrated and Conducted by John Owen Edwards 

Originally opening in London in 1960 Oliver! moved to Broadway in 1963 running for 774 performances. Until recently, for the production of Oliver!, Bart was the only English composer to win a Tony for Best Musical.. Made into a classic world wide phenomenon by the film version in 1968, which unusually left the stage score fairly in tact by only cutting two songs, Oliver has become a favourite the world over. Wonderful songs abound throughout the show from the rousing "Consider Yourself" to beautiful "Where Is Love" and "As Long As He Needs Me."

The stage orchestrations call for only 13 musicians and, while adapting from the stage orchestrations, John Owen Edwards for this JAY recording orchestrated to make use of the full symphonic orchestra incorporating the sumptuous sound of the film.

"What we have ended up with therefore is a scaled up version of the original theatre score rather than a scaled down version of the film" - John Owen Edwards.

Bringing a cast together to perform such a well known show as Oliver! is often difficult as performers need to bring innovation and freshness to each role. Julian Forsythe (Fagin) and Ifran Ahmad (The Artful Dodger) had recently played their roles on the London stage but gave the sort of brilliant performances that make a show or recording memorable, they positively shine in this Recording.

Olivier Award winner, Sally Ann Triplett reprises the role of Nancy on this recording, having given definitive stage portrayals in several productions. With stars throughout the rest of the cast in the including Stuart Kale, Sheila Hancock and William Kenning as a chillingly powerful Bill Sykes JAY can certainly boast one of the most stellar casts ever assembled for a performance of Oliver!.

CD 1
  1. Overture
    National Symphony Orchestra
  2. Food Glorious Food
    Boys of Oliver!
  3. Oliver!
    Stuart Kale, Sheila Hancock, Richard South
  4. I Shall Scream
    Sheila Hancock, Stuart Kale
  5. Boy For Sale
    Stuart Kale
  6. That's Your Funeral
    Nickolas Grace, Rosemary Ashe, Stuart Kale
  7. Where Is Love?
    Richard South
  8. Consider Yourself
    Irfan Ahmad, Richard South, Boys Of Oliver!, Company Of Oliver!
  9. Pick A Pocket Or Two
    Julian Forsyth, Boys Of Oliver!
  10. It's A Fine Life
    Sally Ann Triplett, Clare Louise Connolly, Boys of Oliver!
  11. I'd Do Anything
    Irfan Ahmad, Sally Ann Triplett, Richard South, Clare Louise Connolly, Julian Forsyth, Boys of Oliver!
  12. Be Back Soon
    Julian Forsyth, Boys of Oliver!
  13. Oom-Pah-Pah
    Sally Ann Triplett, Company of Oliver!
  14. My Name
    Will Kenning
  15. As Long As He Needs Me
    Sally Ann Triplett
  16. Where Is Love? (Reprise)
    Joan Davis
  17. Who Will Buy?
    Janis Kelly, Jean Rigby, Donald Maxwell, Claire Moore, John Connell, Richard South, Company of Oliver!
  18. It's A Fine Life (Reprise)
    Sally Ann Triplett, Will Kenning, Julian Forsyth, Irfan Ahmad
  19. Reviewing The Situation
    Julian Forsyth
  20. As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise)
    Sally Ann Triplett
  21. Reviewing The Situation (Reprise)
    Julian Forsyth
  22. Finale
    Company of Oliver!