Casting Complete for Irish Rep's Oliver! Concert, with Brian Stokes Mitchell, James Barbour, Melissa Errico
By Andrew Gans
Casting is now complete for the Irish Repertory Theatre's 2012 Annual Benefit Gala, a concert performance of Lionel Bart's Oliver!, which will be presented June 11 at 7 PM at Broadway's Shubert Theatre.
Directed by Charlotte Moore with musical direction by Mark Hartman, the cast will boast Ciarán O'Reilly as the Narrator, John Treacy Egan as Mr. Bumble, Kathy Fitzgerald as Widow Corney, Zachary Maitlin as Oliver, Patrick Staples as Assistant to Bumble, Ann Harada as Mrs. Sowerberry, Malcolm Gets as Mr. Sowerberry, Charlotte Moore as Maid Charlotte, Lance Chantiles-Wertz as Dodger, Brian Stokes Mitchell as Fagin, Melissa Errico as Nancy, Nancy Anderson as Bet, James Barbour as Bill Sykes, Luce Ennis as Mrs. Bedwin, Dewey Caddell as Dr. Grimwig, Jim Brochu as Brownlowe and Madeleine Doherty as Old Sally.
Zac Ballard, Jack Broderick, Alex Dreier, Neil McCaffrey, Michael Reccia, Alexander Scheitlinger and Ted Sutherland will be members of Fagin's Gang, and AJ Irvin, Donna Kane, Daniel Katz, Georga Osborne and Shanna Sharp will be featured as Street Vendors.
In Oliver!, according to Irish Rep, "an innocent orphan boy escapes the cruel workhouse and joins a gang of roving pickpocket street urchins who report to the cunning master pickpocket himself, the wily Fagin, who rules the filthy streets under London Bridge with a slippery hand. Nancy, the beautiful graduate of Fagin's 'Academy,' and her lover, Bill Sykes, an iconic villain in his prime, fight over the boy, with awful consequences."
Song titles include "Food, Glorious Food," "As Long As He Needs Me," "Consider Yourself at Home" and "I'd Do Anything for You."
The gala concert will be followed by dinner at Sardi's.
The Shubert Theatre is located at 225 West 44th Street. For dinner and performance packages, contact Gretchen H. Page at (212) 255-0270 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Individual tickets to the performance run $100-$300. For performance-only tickets, call (212) 727-2737 or online at www.irishrep.org.
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