Philadelphia

CHRISTMAS IN PHILADELPHIA – WHAT TO DO – SEE OLIVER

Charles Dickens’ touching tale of an orphan boy who runs away from the orphanage and tries to pick a pocket or two for Fagin, but gets caught. As Fagin tries to save him, all Oliver wants to do is go to his uncle, and live a good life. Currently playing at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theatre.

I went right after work last week, and it was a breeze. On the 2nd floor of the theater they have self serve lockers in which to place your coats & brief case. You get to hold on to the key.

Oliver has an enormous cast of over 40 kids: The Walnut Street Theater has done it again, the set design and acting is outstanding. Mike says “I thought I was on Broadway.”
Oliver!, according to WST, “is the story of a young orphan boy who wanted ‘more.’ From the orphanage to the mean streets of London, the ever-optimistic Oliver strives to survive through thick and thin. This proves no easy task as the boy encounters both saints and sinners on his journey.” I wasn’t familar with the story before and it reminded me of Annie with a twist. I really enjoyed the musical numbers and story.
The kids in this production are: Jonathan Block, Timothy K. Johnson, Jahad Martin, Will McQuoid, Matthew O’Connor and Tommy Van Dean of Philadelphia; Gavin Becker of Villanova; Nicole R. Bosurgi of Turnersville, NJ; Gaby and Greg Bradbury of Ardmore, PA; Willa Capper and Arin Edelstein of Elkins Park, PA; Jacob Horner, Justin Cade Accardi and Danielle Leigh Rosenthal of Cherry Hill, NJ; Uvay Trivedi of Columbus, NJ; Casey T. Curcio of Marlton, NJ; Timmy Webb and Allison Sparrow of Haddonfield, NJ; Julyza Commodore of Newark, DE; Alexander Carr of Ringoes, NJ; Reese Diaz of Coplay, PA; Matt Ludovico of Logan Twp., NJ; Neil Goldenthal and Amadea Smith of Wayne, PA; Favian Harris of Coatesville, NJ; Colin O’Malley of Huntington Valley, PA; Conrad Sager of Kimberton, PA; Jillian Suprenant of West Chester, PA; Mary Rose Pomykacz of Lebanon, NJ; Seth Silverman of Penn Valley, PA; Daniel Flick of Gladwyne, PA; Evan Robert Smith of Gwynedd Valley, PA; Tyler McClellan of Doylestown, PA; Anthony Scarpone-Lambert of Chalfont, PA and Richard Fusco of Blue Bell, PA.
In this life, one thing counts
In the bank, large amounts
I’m afraid these don’t grow on trees,
You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two

You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two, boys,
You’ve got to pick-a-pocket or two.

Hugh Panaro, Philadelphia native and star of Broadway, is Fagin in Walnut Street Theatre’s holiday-season production of Lionel Bart’s Oliver! I didn’t want to spoil the show by focusing too much on plot and close ups, but Hugh Panaro’s costume and make-up is unbelievable.
Tickets are available by calling (215) 574-3550, ext. 6 or by visiting walnutstreettheatre.org.

All Photos by Mark Garvin