It looks like Cameron Mackintosh wants to follow up the success of the “Les Miserables” film adaptation by giving the same treatment to “Oliver!” The renowned producer also wants to present a Broadway revival of the famed musical.
All of this comes from a report in the Daily Mail, which also said that Mackintosh wants Tony-winning director Stephen Daldry to direct the film version. Daldry has served as director of the films “Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” “The Reader” and “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” He also directed the Broadway version of “Billy Elliot: The Musical,” for which he won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical.
Mackintosh also reportedly wants to stage a Broadway revival of “Oliver!” He has said that he would like the play to star Samantha Barks, who performed the role of Nancy recently in the West End version of the musical. Barks also played Eponine in the film version of “Les Miserables.”
Following in the footsteps of the “Les Miz” would make sense, as the film has now taken in more than $401.4 million around the world, with $147 million of that coming in North America alone.
“Oliver!” features music, lyrics and book by Lionel Bart, and is based on the classic Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist.” The original production appeared in West End in 1960, and premiered on Broadway in 1963. A London revival was later held in the 1990s, and again most recently from 2008-2011.
The first film version of the musical was released in 1968 and won six Academy Awards the following year, including Best Picture.
The show tells the story of the orphan Oliver Twist and his troubles on the streets of London. Here’s how the official website for the latest Mackintosh production describes the musical:
Bringing vividly to life Dickens’ timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart’s sensational score includes “Food Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself,” “You’ve Got to Pick-a-Pocket or Two,” “I’d Do Anything,” “Oom Pah Pah,” “As Long As He Needs Me” and many more.