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Oliver! (1963 Original Broadway Cast) Cast Recording

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Lionel Bart's wonderful musical adaptation of the CharlesDickens classic was the first London stage musical to be transplanted to Broadway with the same kind of sensation it received in Britain-- something that is now common in these post-Cats/Les Miserables times. Although no one from this British cast ever became enormously famous (future Monkee Davy Jones was in the Broadway cast)--and Sir Carol Reed's film version receives all the critical accolades--this remains the better recording, featuring all the songs cut from the film, while excluding the film's musical interludes that simply seem annoying without the visuals. Just compare Bruce Brochnik to the film's Mark Lester in the title role. Or Clive Revill to Ron Moody's Fagin. Or any of the principals, for that matter--and the differences are remarkable. --Bill Holdship

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  1. Overture / Food, Glorious FoodOliver! Orchestra;Oliver! Ensemble;Donald Pippin 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. Oliver!Willoughby Goddard;Hope Jackman;Bruce Prochnik;Oliver! Ensemble 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. I Shall ScreamHope Jackman;Willoughby Goddard 2:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Boy for Sale / Where Is Love?Willoughby Goddard;Bruce Prochnik 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. Consider YourselfMichael Goodman;Bruce Prochnik;Oliver! Ensemble 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. You've Got to Pick a Pocket or TwoClive Revill;Bruce Prochnik;Oliver! Ensemble 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. It's a Fine LifeGeorgia Brown;Alice Playten;Oliver! Ensemble 3:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. I'd Do AnythingMichael Goodman;Georgia Brown;Bruce Prochnik;Alice Playten;Clive Revill;Oliver! Ensemble 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. Be Back SoonClive Revill;Michael Goodman;Bruce Prochnik;Oliver! Ensemble 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Oom-Pah-PahGeorgia Brown;Oliver! Ensemble 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
11. My NameDanny Sewell;Oliver! Ensemble 2:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
12. As Long As He Needs MeGeorgia Brown 4:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
13. Who Will Buy?Bruce Prochnik;Oliver! Ensemble 4:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
14. Reviewing the SituationClive Revill 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
15. As Long As He Needs Me (Reprise)Georgia Brown 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
16. Reviewing the Situation (Reprise)Clive Revill 1:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
17. FinaleOliver! Ensemble 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: Lionel Bart, Clive Revill, Georgia Brown
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Cast Recording
  • Label: RCA Victor Broadway
  • ASIN: B000002W6A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,567 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Buxton on February 13, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I own both the film soundtrack and this Original Cast recording and this one trumps the film soundtrack on all counts. The sound is better, the singing is at least the equal of the film and in most places better, and the orchestral music is heard to better effect. Also, the young man playing Oliver in this version is easier to hear and understand in my opinion. All the key musical numbers are included here, and I just think the recording has stood the test of time. Don't get me wrong, I love the movie and I'm sure I will return to it often. But from a purely sonic enjoyment viewpoint, I recommend this Broadway version without reservation.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The cast album to the 1963 Broadway premiere production of OLIVER! was actually recorded during the show's pre-Broadway run in Los Angeles. OLIVER! played to subsequent audiences in San Francisco, Detroit and Toronto before opening at the Imperial Theatre in New York on January 6, 1963. The show played 774 performances before prematurely ending the season to play a 9-month national tour, later returning to New York for a `farewell' run of 64 performances.

As she had done to rapturous acclaim in London three years previously, Georgia Brown played the role of Nancy, and earned similar praise for her performance in New York. Her rich, velvet-tinged voice is especially haunting with the chill inducing ballad "As Long As He Needs Me". Composer Lionel Bart wrote "It's a Fine Life" especially for Brown after learning she had been cast in the role in the London production.

Ron Moody had also scored heavily in London with his tour-de-force turn as Fagin, but with producers fearing his portrayal `too ethnic', the role was taken by Clive Revill for the Broadway premiere. Revill had just come from his celebrated role in IRMA LA DOUCE, and his interpretation of Fagin is every bit as valid as Ron Moody's. Bruce Prochnik is a winsome and wistful Oliver, and Michael Goodman is a delight as the Artful Dodger. Wisely-retained from the original London company were a handful of the first-rate supporting players: Hope Jackman's shrill Mrs Corney; and the up-and-coming Barry Humphries as Mr Sowerberry (Humphries would later graduate to playing Fagin before his beloved alter-ego Dame Edna unleashed herself on the world). The promising young belter Alice Playten was smartly-showcased as Nancy's offsider Bet.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Cara on July 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This recording is truly one of my favorites. The songs are lively and fun, and bring this Broadway classic to life. Many memorable and well known songs are in this show, including "Where is Love?", "I'd Do Anything" and "Consider Yourself" as well as many others. The voices of the principals-especially Georgia Brown (Nancy), Michael Goodman (The Artful Dodger) and Clive Revill (Fagin) fit their parts perfectly. The belt quality of Georgia Brown in "As Long As He Needs Me" is beautiful as well as enchanting. Michael Goodman and Clive Revill bring excitement and fun to every song they perform. Overall, this recording is excellent, and one that every Broadway fan should own.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on August 6, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This original Broadway cast recording of the popular show - complete with its London cast - is a triumph of the recording art. Sound is not only extremely bright, clear and present, but the intimacy achieved was for its day a sound breakthrough. The cast performs admirably - Georgia Brown's AS LONG AS HE NEEDS ME is still a stand out. This is the version to buy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By NMdesapio on August 17, 2004
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Lionel Bart's score for this musical version of OLIVER TWIST captures both the rollicking good humor and the dark seriousness of the Charles Dickens classic. The opening prelude transports us to gloomy London, as does the minor-key "Boy for Sale," in which poor Oliver is offered to the public for a price of "only seven guineas." At the same time, such songs as "Consider Yourself," "It's a Fine Life," "I'd Do Anything," and "Oom-Pah-Pah" convey the carefree, if close and unsavory, atmosphere of the thieves' world into which Oliver falls; the haunting "Who Will Buy?" expresses his barely contained joy at being (temporarily) rescued from that world.
The recording boasts a superb, mostly British cast. As Fagin, the master thief, Clive Revill is marvelous, whether hypnotizing his "boys" in "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," fussing over them in "Be Back Soon," or trying hilariously to "think it out again" in the eleventh-hour "Reviewing the Situation." This last song has one of Bart's wittiest lyrics, for example:

I will own a suite at Claridge's
And run a fleet of carriages
And wave at all the Duchesses
With friendliness as much as is
Befitting of my new estate -
Good morning to you, magistrate...
I think I'd better think it out again!

Danny Sewell as Bill Sikes is the epitome of evil in "My Name" ("It's much blacker than they smear it"), while the broad performances of Willoughby Goddard and Hope Jackman as Mr. Bumble and Mrs. Corney ("I Shall Scream") make those characters as odious as they are in the novel.
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