50th Anniversary of Oliver!

For fifty years, Oliver! has delighted audiences around the world. Now Footlite Musicals brings Oliver!, Charles Dickens’ classic tale, to life for Indianapolis theatre May 7 through May 23. Tickets for this Indianapolis performing arts event are $17.00 for Indianapolis people, $15.00 for seniors and students age 13 to college and $12.00 for Indianapolis kids under 13. Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm and Sundays at 2:30 pm. Don’t miss an exciting Indianapolis musical event at Footlite Musicals in Indianapolis downtown.

Based on the Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, Oliver! is a British musical with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. It shares the story of a young orphan, named Oliver, living in a workhouse of half-starved boys. When Oliver gets up the courage to ask for more, he is sold into an apprenticeship with an undertaker. After being taunted by Mr. and Mrs. Sowerberry and bullied by his overseer, the Sowerberry’s attempt to lock him in a coffin. Oliver escapes in the commotion, only to fins himself face to face with the Artful Dodger, a London street urchin and pickpocket.

Dodger invited Oliver to come and live at Fagin’s lair, a criminal who organizes young boys into gangs of pickpockets. With a new home and a new family, Oliver believes he has finally found a place in the world for himself. His ideas are confirmed when he meets the motherly Nancy, an Oom Pah Pah girl. But her live-in boyfriend, Bill Sikes, is a terrifyingly violent man threatens happiness for the whole gang.

At the end of Act One, Oliver takes to the streets with the Artful Dodger, for his first pickpocketing mission. But when he steals from a wealthy old man, Mr. Brownlow, Oliver gets more than he ever bargained for. Will Oliver be able to finally find a family that will fill his heart with the love it deserves? Find out on stage in Footlite Musical’s production of Oliver!

Oliver! is full of favorite Broadway tunes including “Oliver!,” “I’d Do Anything,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “Be Back Soon,” “Oom Pah Pah” and the classic ballad “As Long As He Needs Me.” Its premiere production in London’s West End in 1960 ran for 2,618 performances. The first American production opened two years later as a national tour across the United States. In 1963, the Oliver! finally made it to Broadway at the Imperial Theatre and ran for 774 performances. A 1968 motion picture of the musical won an incredible six Academy Awards.

Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis event at Footlite Musicals all month. Head to Indianapolis downtown for a taste of Indianapolis arts and music in an exciting run of Oliver! After the show grab dinner and drinks at any of the many great Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars downtown. Stay tuned to Indianapolis News, Events and Information on Fun City Finder.com for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis attractions to Indianapolis sports and more! Get out in Indy and find some fun!

May 7 to May 23, 2010

Hedback Theatre

1847 North Alabama Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202