Home / Tag Archives: LIONEL BART

Tag Archives: LIONEL BART

Maggie May – Finborough Theatre, London

Music and lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Alun Owen Director: Matthew Iliffe Reviewer: David Guest It’s a fair bet that anyone remotely familiar with Lionel Bart’s musical Maggie May knows it through Judy Garland’s 1964 EP of four of its songs or the 18thCentury ballad on which it’s based. Shirley Bassey recorded one of the songs and even The Beatles sang a ...

Read More »

Anton and Erin – Those Magical Musicals. St George’s Hall, Bradford

Music: Manchester Concert Orchestra  Composers: Cole Porter, Irvin Berlin, Harry Warren, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein ll, Jerry Leiber, Lionel Bart, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rogers, Lorenz Hart Director: Nikki Woollaston Choreographer: Nikki Woollaston Reviewer: Sue Collier Anton and Erin is a musical extravaganza featuring the delightful dance partnership of Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag. The two dancers first ...

Read More »

Twang!! The Musical – Union Theatre, London

Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Book: Julian Woolford Director: Bryan Hodgson Reviewer: Maryam Philpott If you’ve been thinking what the world really needs is a Robin Hood musical, well you’re in luck because in 1965 Lionel Bart wrote one – that’s theLionel Bart, who gave the world the musical theatre force that is Oliver! The Union Theatre has found a copy ...

Read More »

Oliver ! – The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Writer: Charles Dickens Book, Music and Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Daniel Evans Reviewer: Sheila Stratford Not to be missed this festive season is the musical Oliver! by Lionel Bart. This exuberant performance has the audience captivated from the opening scenes, when thirty children raise the roof singing Food Glorious Food. The cruelty of life in a Victorian workhouse is exposed ...

Read More »

Quasimodo – King’s Head Theatre, London

Music and words: Lionel Bart Additional book material: Chris Bond and Robert Chevara Director: Robert Chevara Reviewer: Elizabeth Vile [rating:2.5] Using Victor Hugo’s novel Notre Dame de Paris for inspiration Lionel Bart created a showcase and concert CD for his musical Quasimodo, but sadly this piece was never developed any further until Theatre Upclose decided to take on this challenge. ...

Read More »

Oliver! – Richmond Theatre, London

Author: Charles Dickens Adaptation, Music, Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Andy Locke Reviewer: Ann Bawtree [rating:4] “Oliver!” is a musical version of Charles Dickens second novel “Oliver Twist or The Parish Boy’s Progress” written to expose the sordid criminality of Victorian London and the cruelty visited upon its waifs and strays. All are aspects of our capital city we would wish ...

Read More »

Oliver! – Bristol Hippodrome

Writer: Lionel Bart Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Kath Hill [Rating:4] Dickens’ story of Oliver Twist’s rise from the gutter to respectable society is very well known, not least thanks to the famous film version of this musical, but it still draws a large audience keen to hear their favourite lines and songs. The action starts in the Midlands workhouse where ...

Read More »

Oliver! – Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Book, Music &Lyrics: Lionel Bart Director: Laurence Connor Reviewer: Kathryn M. Bartlett [rating:5] "Please, Sir, I want some more" is the iconic line associated with various incarnations of Oliver Twist; and that is exactly how this incomparable show leaves you feeling- thirsty for more! From the second the cast of over fifty takes to the stage, you are swept away ...

Read More »