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Oliver!: A Dickensian Musical

Marc Napolitano


Lionel Bart’s Oliver! is one of the most popular English musicals of all time, and it remains the most significant English musical produced during the “golden age” of the Broadway musical. However, Oliver!’s London roots, along with its pronounced “Englishness,” complicate its being designated a “Broadway musical,” particularly in light of the traditional belief that musical theater is fundamentally American. This book reconstructs the complicated biography of Bart’s play, from its early inception as a pop musical inspired by a marketable image through its evolution into a sincere Dickensian a ... More

Keywords: Charles Dickens, Lionel Bart, Oliver!, musical theater, Englishness, music hall, Broadway musical, West End theatre, Oliver Twist, adaptation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199364824
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199364824.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marc Napolitano, author
West Point Military Academy