Lionel Bart

Small-theater performance of 'Oliver' is a winner in Annapolis


Compass Rose Studio Theater will complete a successful inaugural season this spring, capped by Lionel Bart's classic musical "Oliver."

Based on Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," the story of an impoverished orphan sold to an undertaker before escaping to join a gang of pickpockets, Bart's musical adaptation premiered in London in 1960. It ran for a record-setting 12 years and created several beloved standards including "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and "As Long as He Needs Me."

Bart strips down Dickens' tale to essentials in his musical, which is appropriately shrunk further by Compass Rose director Lucinda Merry-Browne to...