It's awards season!
Last week, the 75th Golden Globe Awards honoured the best of television and feature film. Later this month, the 60th Annual Grammy Awards will recognize achievement in the music industry, and in March, both the Canadian Screen Awards and the 90th annual Academy Awards will honour the best and brightest stars of Hollywood and Hollywood North. But more importantly, in April, Theatre De La Salle will shine a spotlight on its own stars when it brings the award-winning musical OLIVER! to the stage.
It was exactly 55 years ago that OLIVER! made its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theater on January 6, 1963. It ran for 774 performances.
The cast featured child actor Bruce Prochnik in the title role alongside Georgia Brown, reprising her West End role as Nancy, with Clive Revill as Fagin, replacing Ron Moody who originated the role in London in 1960.
The Broadway production was a critical success and received ten Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical, Best Actor in a Musical, Best Actress in a Musical, and Best Featured Actor in a Musical. It won the awards for Best Scenic Design, Best Original Score (Lionel Bart), and Best Music Direction.
In 1968, the stage production was adapted into a feature film, directed by Carol Reed.
OLIVER! was nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and won two at the February 24, 1969 ceremony: Best Actor for Ron Moody in his role as Fagin and Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy!
The motion picture went on to win six Academy Awards later that year, including Best Picture, and received nominations for both Moody and Jack Wild who played the Artful Dodger.
The story of Oliver Twist was written by Charles Dickens when he was 25 years old and first published in monthly instalments between 1838-1839 and will celebrate its 180th anniversary in 2018.
Here at De La Salle, we are celebrating the 40th and 20th anniversaries of our very own stage adaptations of OLIVER!, first performed by students in 1977 under the direction of John McGowan and Ben Cekuta and again in 1997, directed by Mary Anne Kosa and William Bagshaw.
Twenty years later, we're excited to be singing "oom pah pah" once again!
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