The Muny, which is the nation's oldest and largest outdoor theatre, will present Oliver! July 31-Aug. 6. The musical features such classic tunes as "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Food, Glorious Food." Christian Probst will star in the title role of the orphaned boy who asks for more gruel. He will be joined onstage by such Broadway veterans as Ken Page (as Mr. Bumble), Bruce Adler (as Fagin) and Robert Westenberg (as Mr. Brownlow).
The company will also feature Patti Mariano as Widow Corney, Gary Glasgow as Mr. Sowerberry, Kari Ely as Mrs. Sowerberry, Michael Burton as Noah Claypole, Kerry Conte as Charlotte, Dominic Roberts as The Artful Dodger, Jenny Powers as Nancy, Meggie Cansler as Bet, Ben Crawford as Bill Sikes, Laura Ackerman as Mrs. Bedwin, Cortney Wolfson as the Rose Seller, Mary Catherine McDonald as the Milkmaid, Stephanie Gibson as the Strawberry Seller, Jesse Bernath as the Knife Grinder, Jonathan Parks-Ramage as Long Song Seller, John Freimann as Dr. Grimwig, P.J. Palmer as Book Boy, Jeanne Trevor as Old Sally, Joy Powell as Old Lady and Etai BenShlomo as Charley Bates. The Pauper Assistants comprise Andrew Arrington, Preston Truman Boyd, Antwayn Hopper, Michael Lowney, Jonathan Parks-Ramage and Kendal Sparks.
Oliver!, which features a book and score by Lionel Bart, opened at Broadway's Imperial Theatre Jan. 6, 1963, later transferring to the Shubert Theatre. The musical played a total of 774 performances before closing Nov. 14, 1964. The original New York cast included Georgia Brown as Nancy and Clive Revill as Fagin; the musical won three 1963 Tony Awards.
Tickets for the Muny's 2006 summer season are now on sale by calling (314) 361-1900, ext. 550. For more information visit www.muny.org.