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Spectacular New Production of Lionel Bart’s "Oliver!" at the Fox Theatre January 25-30, 2005


DETROIT, MI -- 11/02/2004 -- Charles Dickens’ greatest characters, Oliver Twist, Fagin, Nancy, Bill Sikes and The Artful Dodger, spring to life in the spectacular new production of Lionel Bart’s “Oliver!” at the fabulous Fox Theatre January 25 - 30, 2005. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, November 15.

Bart’s adaptation of the classic Dickens’ novel “Oliver Twist” tells the story of an orphaned boy, Oliver. He escapes to London from a bleak workhouse and is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets who work for master thief Fagin while learning their trade. When Oliver is falsely accused of exposing the gang by the frightening Bill Sikes, Oliver begins to realize he has more friends than he thought.

With its vivid characters and engaging plot, “Oliver Twist” has come to life through dramatic interpretations time and time again since the book’s first publication in 1838. Of the numerous staged versions, the best loved and most successful is Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!” The show debuted in London in 1960, the first time the story had ever been told in a musical format. “Oliver!” was an instant hit, and after transferring to Broadway in 1963, it became Broadway’s longest-running British musical to date. The show’s unforgettable songs include “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “Where is Love?,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Oom Pah Pah,” and “As Long As He Needs Me.” “Oliver!” was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, and won three: Best Composer and Lyricist; Best Conductor and Musical Director; and Best Scenic Designer.

Tickets ($28.00 - $70.50) go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, November 15 and may be purchased at the Fox Theatre and Joe Louis Arena box offices, Hockeytown Authentics in Troy and all Ticketmaster locations, including Marshall Field’s. To charge by phone, call (248) 433-1515. To purchase tickets online, visit or A group discount (15 or more) is available by calling (313) 471-3099. For information, call (313) 471-6611, or visit


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