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Rousuck's Review: "Oliver!" at Annapolis Shakespeare Company

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It's Thursday, and time once again for theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck, who joins us each week with her reviews of the regional stage. Today, she spotlights the new production of the hit 1960 musical, Oliver!  by the Annapolis Shakespeare Company.

A beloved turn on Charles Dickens' classic novel, Oliver Twist, this Tony Award-winning musical (1963, for Best Original Score in the 1962 Broadway production) follows the adventures of a homeless orphan (Oliver) in Victorian London, who falls in with a gang of street-urchin pickpockets, led by Artful Dodger and the criminal Fagin. 

With Book, Music and Lyrics by Lionel Bart, Oliver! is directed for Annapolis Shakespeare Company by Sally Boyett and Donald Hicken. Ms. Boyett, the company's founding artistic director, also choreographed the production. Marc Irwin is Music Director.

Oliver! continues at Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Main Stage Theatre at 1804 West Street in Annapolis through Sunday, June 9.  For more information about performances and tickets, click here.

J. Wynn Rousuck has been reviewing theater for WYPR's Midday (and previously, Maryland Morning) since 2007. Prior to that, she was the theater critic of The Baltimore Sun, where she reviewed more than 3,000 plays over the course of 23 years. Her feature coverage for The Sun included a comprehensive series chronicling the development of the Tony Award-winning musical, “Hairspray.” Judy got her start at The Cleveland Press and at Cleveland’s fine arts radio station, WCLV. Her broadcasting experience also includes a year as an on-air theater critic for Maryland Public Television.
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