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Music Circus brings ‘Oliver!’ to its stage

OLIVER (Christopher Bones), right, and The Artful Dodger (Matthew Gumley) share a song in "Oliver!" at Music Circus July 19-24. Photo by Charr Crail
OLIVER (Christopher Bones), right, and The Artful Dodger (Matthew Gumley) share a song in "Oliver!" at Music Circus July 19-24. Photo by Charr Crail

OLIVER (Christopher Bones), right, and The Artful Dodger (Matthew Gumley) share a song in "Oliver!" at Music Circus July 19-24. Photo by Charr Crail

With memorable, sing-along songs such as “Food, Glorious Food,” “Consider Yourself” and “I’d Do Anything,” “Oliver!” comes to the Music Circus stage July 19-24. Based on the Charles Dickins’ classic novel “Oliver Twist,” the musical brings to life the trials and tribulations of the iconic orphan who dared to ask for more.

The original production of “Oliver!” had successful runs in both London and New York. On Broadway in 1963, “Oliver!” won three Tony Awards and launched the careers of Davy Jones of The Monkees and Phil Collins of Genesis when they were children and cast as Oliver Twist and The Artful Dodger, respectfully. It was adapted to film in 1968 and won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The Music Circus production will star Christopher Bones as the iconic orphan Oliver Twist and Matthew Gumley as the masterful young pickpocket nicknamed The Artful Dodger. Ron Wisniski stars as pickpocket mentor Fagin, and Jacquelyn Piro Donovan stars as Nancy, the troubled girlfriend of master criminal Bill Sykes, to be played by Aaron Serotsky.

Music Circus productions are presented at the Wells Fargo Pavilion, 1419 H St. in Sacramento. Performances are Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30 p.m., Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m., and Thursday and Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $42 and youth tickets for ages 4-17 start at $30. Tickets are available by phone at (916) 557-1999, online at tickets.com or in person at the Wells Fargo Pavilion Box Office. For discounts for groups of 12 or more call (916) 557-1198.

FAGIN oggles the jewels in his hand in a scene from "Oliver!" Photo by Charr Crail

The 61st Music Circus season continues with Anything Goes (July 26-31), Camelot (Aug. 2-7), Annie Get Your Gun (Aug. 9-14), I Do! I Do! (Aug. 16-21) and Miss Saigon (Aug. 23-28).

For more information visit SacramentoMusicCircus.com.

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