History Theatre / Oliver

29th Apr '18 9:22:08 PM PaulA
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* AnimalReactionShot: When Oliver first enters the hideout of Fagin's thieves, everyone stops talking and stares at him, including an owl.



* BreakingTheFourthWall: In a London revival, Fagin breaks the fourth wall during a few of his monologues, especially when he is play acting with his 'treasures'. For example, he was looking through an opera glass and pretending he was at a theatre, gesturing towards the Stalls in the actual theatre (where the most expensive seats are) and mentioning that was where all the rich people were, then gesturing at the top tier and saying that was full of poor people. In the second monologue he started recounting the story of the musical and ended up saying: "What the Dickens am I going on about?"



* CharacterDevelopment: Fagin provides a very interesting case study in the movie adaptation. When Oliver first meets him, he's a loud and frightening stranger who emerges from a cloud of smoke like the very Devil from Hell, bellowing at some random youngster who complains about the food to "Shut up and drink your gin!" Then, as Oliver gets introduced to everyone and he shows him around, Fagin starts looking a lot more like a [[LaughablyEvil comical villain]], particularly during the song "You've Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two" where he hams up his whole GreedyJew motif to pull some laughs. Later, as things get more serious, he reveals in his song "Reviewing the Situation" that he's tired of his whole criminal enterprise and wants out, but truly has nowhere to go, making him quite a sympathetic character indeed. By the end, he's pretty much run the entire range of Jewish villain characterizations from Shakespeare's time to ours.



** "Reviewing The Situation" is first sung by Fagin as he tries and fails to convince himself to abandon his criminal ways, later reprised with the Artful Dodger as they pledge their dedication to a life of crime.
** The ''original'' version has Fagin realizing at the end of each verse that the situation he's imagining is actually ''unimaginable'', so it's debatable how "dark" the reprise is, given that Fagin and Dodger both seem genuinely happy about the prospect:
--->Together till our dying day\\
The living proof that crime can pay
** And also, this is only true in the movie, as in the stage version, this revelation never existed, and he does straighten up his life after all.
** "It's a Fine Life" may be an even better example of this trope. It's first sung by Nancy and Bet as a relatively cheerful song, but is later reprised by Nancy, Bill Sikes, Fagin, and Dodger in a more sarcastic and dark manner.

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** "Reviewing The Situation" is first sung by Fagin as he tries and fails to convince himself to abandon his criminal ways, later reprised with the Artful Dodger as they pledge their dedication to a life of crime.
** The ''original'' version has Fagin realizing at the end of each verse that the situation he's imagining is actually ''unimaginable'', so it's debatable how "dark" the reprise is, given that Fagin and Dodger both seem genuinely happy about the prospect:
--->Together till our dying day\\
The living proof that crime can pay
** And also, this is only true in the movie, as in the stage version, this revelation never existed, and he does straighten up his life after all.
** "It's a Fine Life" may be an even better example of this trope. It's is first sung by Nancy and Bet as a relatively cheerful song, but is later reprised by Nancy, Bill Sikes, Fagin, and Dodger in a more sarcastic and dark manner.



* DownerEnding: The only character who has a happy ending is Oliver himself. And that's ''after'' watching Nancy killed by Bill Sikes, who is then shot (or in the film version, as in the original book, accidentally hangs himself) trying to escape with Oliver. Must've been pretty traumatic to be a part of...

to:

* DownerEnding: The only character who has a happy ending is Oliver himself. And that's ''after'' watching Nancy killed by Bill Sikes, who is then shot (or in the film version, as in the original book, accidentally hangs himself) killed trying to escape with Oliver. Must've been pretty traumatic to be a part of...



* EverythingHasRhythm: During "Consider Yourself", most prominently in the film, everyone does this with whatever it is they happen to be doing. Except maybe Dodger and Oliver.

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* EverythingHasRhythm: During "Consider Yourself", most prominently in the film, everyone does this with whatever it is they happen to be doing. Except maybe Dodger and Oliver.



* FakeFood: In some productions applesauce stands in for the gruel eaten by the workhouse orphans in the opening scene. It's easy to "set up" (no cooking required), easy to clean off of prop bowls and spoons, is readily gobbled by a group of 8-14 year-old kids, and looks "truly disgusting" from the audience.



* FingerlessGloves: Fagin wears them.
* FlashMobCoverUp: {{Inverted}} in that it's done to prevent a crime. Nancy starts giving out beer and getting her customers to sing a rather lively bawdy ballad, in order to let Oliver, who'd been kidnapped by Sikes, escape unnoticed. It doesn't fool Sikes' dog, however.



* GenderFlip: In some productions, the Artful Dodger is played by a girl.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The rain pours as Oliver wearily tredges a muddy road to London after escaping from Mr. Sowerberry.



** Subverted with [[spoiler:Fagin]] in the movie. He plans to do this, but [[spoiler:instead chooses to leave with Dodger and continue a life of pickpocketing]]. It's rather heartwarming, in a strange way. In the theatre version, however, he plays it straight, deciding that with the breaking up and arrest of his gang, along with the loss of his precious treasures, there has never been a better time to change his ways.

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** Subverted with [[spoiler:Fagin]] in Fagin decides at the movie. He plans to do this, but [[spoiler:instead chooses to leave with Dodger and continue a life of pickpocketing]]. It's rather heartwarming, in a strange way. In the theatre version, however, he plays it straight, deciding that end that, with the breaking up and arrest of his gang, along with the loss of his precious treasures, there has never been a better time to change his ways.



* {{Intermission}}: The film version kept the intermission from the stage play. On the DVD, the intermission also doubles as a prompt to turn the disc over to continue the film.
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Oom Pah Pah" is a drinking song. Looks like it's named after everyone's favorite thing, too. The movie version makes it less irrelevant: Nancy leads the crowd in song in order to distract Bill Sikes so she can take Oliver to London Bridge.

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* {{Intermission}}: The film version kept the intermission from the stage play. On the DVD, the intermission also doubles as a prompt to turn the disc over to continue the film.
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Oom Pah Pah" is a drinking song. Looks like it's named after everyone's favorite thing, too. The movie version makes it less irrelevant: Nancy leads the crowd in song in order to distract Bill Sikes so she can take Oliver to London Bridge.



* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In some productions , the lyrics for "Reviewing the Situation" end with "There is no in between for me/But who will change the scene for me?", whereupon the set immediately starts to revolve as Fagin heads back to the fireplace to count his money.



* MediumAwareness: In one production in London, the orchestration uses a violin soloist during "Reviewing the Situation". Since a violin is one of the items that Fagin has in his box of treasures, there were several PlayedForLaughs moments where Fagin, apparently hearing the violin solo, would stop and stare at the violin, and pick it up to examine it. The same part also featured a long monologue by Fagin where he seemed perfectly aware that he was on stage in a theatre.



* NoSongForTheWicked: In the film, Bill Sikes never sings, although other people sing about him.



** Some productions leave [[spoiler:Nancy]]'s death ambiguous, implying there's a chance she survived. The film version leaves no doubt that Sikes killed her.



* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Nancy starts up "Oom-Pah-Pah" as a distraction to let Oliver escape from Bill Sikes.



* WheelOfPain: The film adaptation briefly shows a variation on the theme during the opening scene.


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!!The movie adds examples of:
* AnimalReactionShot: When Oliver first enters the hideout of Fagin's thieves, everyone stops talking and stares at him, including an owl.
* CharacterDevelopment: Fagin provides a very interesting case study in the movie adaptation. When Oliver first meets him, he's a loud and frightening stranger who emerges from a cloud of smoke like the very Devil from Hell, bellowing at some random youngster who complains about the food to "Shut up and drink your gin!" Then, as Oliver gets introduced to everyone and he shows him around, Fagin starts looking a lot more like a [[LaughablyEvil comical villain]], particularly during the song "You've Got to Pick a Pocket Or Two" where he hams up his whole GreedyJew motif to pull some laughs. Later, as things get more serious, he reveals in his song "Reviewing the Situation" that he's tired of his whole criminal enterprise and wants out, but truly has nowhere to go, making him quite a sympathetic character indeed. By the end, he's pretty much run the entire range of Jewish villain characterizations from Shakespeare's time to ours.
* DarkReprise: "Reviewing The Situation" is first sung by Fagin as he tries and fails to convince himself to abandon his criminal ways, later reprised with the Artful Dodger as they pledge their dedication to a life of crime. Though the ''original'' version has Fagin realizing at the end of each verse that the situation he's imagining is actually ''unimaginable'', so it's debatable how "dark" the reprise is, given that Fagin and Dodger both seem genuinely happy about the prospect:
-->Together till our dying day\\
The living proof that crime can pay
* FingerlessGloves: Fagin wears them.
* FlashMobCoverUp: {{Inverted}} in that it's done to prevent a crime. Nancy starts giving out beer and getting her customers to sing a rather lively bawdy ballad, in order to let Oliver, who'd been kidnapped by Sikes, escape unnoticed. It doesn't fool Sikes' dog, however.
* GrayRainOfDepression: The rain pours as Oliver wearily tredges a muddy road to London after escaping from Mr. Sowerberry.
* HeelFaceTurn: Subverted with [[spoiler:Fagin]]. He plans to do this, but [[spoiler:instead chooses to leave with Dodger and continue a life of pickpocketing]].
* {{Intermission}}: The film version kept the intermission from the stage play. On the DVD, the intermission also doubles as a prompt to turn the disc over to continue the film.
* NoSongForTheWicked: In the film, Bill Sikes never sings, although other people sing about him.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Nancy starts up "Oom-Pah-Pah" as a distraction to let Oliver escape from Bill Sikes.
* WheelOfPain: The film adaptation briefly shows a variation on the theme during the opening scene.

!!Other specific productions add examples of:
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In a London revival, Fagin breaks the fourth wall during a few of his monologues, especially when he is play acting with his 'treasures'. For example, he was looking through an opera glass and pretending he was at a theatre, gesturing towards the Stalls in the actual theatre (where the most expensive seats are) and mentioning that was where all the rich people were, then gesturing at the top tier and saying that was full of poor people. In the second monologue he started recounting the story of the musical and ended up saying: "What the Dickens am I going on about?"
* FakeFood: In some productions applesauce stands in for the gruel eaten by the workhouse orphans in the opening scene. It's easy to "set up" (no cooking required), easy to clean off of prop bowls and spoons, is readily gobbled by a group of 8-14 year-old kids, and looks "truly disgusting" from the audience.
* GenderFlip: In some productions, the Artful Dodger is played by a girl.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In some productions , the lyrics for "Reviewing the Situation" end with "There is no in between for me/But who will change the scene for me?", whereupon the set immediately starts to revolve as Fagin heads back to the fireplace to count his money.
* MediumAwareness: In one production in London, the orchestration uses a violin soloist during "Reviewing the Situation". Since a violin is one of the items that Fagin has in his box of treasures, there were several PlayedForLaughs moments where Fagin, apparently hearing the violin solo, would stop and stare at the violin, and pick it up to examine it. The same part also featured a long monologue by Fagin where he seemed perfectly aware that he was on stage in a theatre.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Some productions leave [[spoiler:Nancy]]'s death ambiguous, implying there's a chance she survived.
29th Apr '18 9:01:02 AM ACW
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* LoveMartyr: Poor Nancy has this BAD for [[CompleteMonster Bill Sikes]]. She recognises this in "As Long As He Needs Me", but even though he's a murderous thug and robber who beats her and plans to kill Oliver, she still can't bring herself to hand him over to the law.

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* LoveMartyr: Poor Nancy has this BAD for [[CompleteMonster Bill Sikes]].Sikes. She recognises this in "As Long As He Needs Me", but even though he's a murderous thug and robber who beats her and plans to kill Oliver, she still can't bring herself to hand him over to the law.
6th Apr '18 9:02:32 AM PaulA
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TheMovie was released in 1968. It was directed by Creator/CarolReed (''Film/TheThirdMan''). It starred Creator/OliverReed (Carol's nephew) as Bill Sikes, Mark Lester as Oliver (with his songs sung by a girl, Kathe Green), Creator/JackWild at the Artful Dodger and Ron Moody as Fagin. It was the last musical to win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture until ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' 34 years later, and it remains the ''only'' G-rated movie to win.

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TheMovie was released in 1968. It was directed by Creator/CarolReed (''Film/TheThirdMan''). It starred Creator/OliverReed (Carol's nephew) as Bill Sikes, Mark Lester as Oliver (with his songs sung by a girl, Kathe Green), Creator/JackWild at as the Artful Dodger and Ron Moody as Fagin. It was the last musical to win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture until ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' 34 years later, and it remains the ''only'' G-rated movie to win.
6th Apr '18 8:58:18 AM PaulA
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* BadSamaritan: Fagin, though downplayed from the book. While still somewhat self-serving, he is portrayed as something of a whimsical LoveableRogue who does to some extent care for his gang ([[EvenEvilHasStandards or at least loathes Sykes' treatment of them]]).

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* BadSamaritan: Fagin, though downplayed from the book. While still somewhat self-serving, he is portrayed as something of a whimsical LoveableRogue who does to some extent care for his gang ([[EvenEvilHasStandards or at least loathes Sykes' Sikes' treatment of them]]).



-->'''Fagin:''' And though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint/I'm finding it hard to be truly as black as they paint...

to:

-->'''Fagin:''' And though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint/I'm saint\\
I'm
finding it hard to be truly as black as they paint...



-->'''Oliver''': Please sir, I want some more.
-->'''Mr. Bumble''': [[BigWhat WHAT?!]]
-->'''Oliver''': Please sir, I want some...more?
-->'''Mr. Bumble''':'''''MORE?!!'''''

to:

-->'''Oliver''': -->'''Oliver:''' Please sir, I want some more.
-->'''Mr. Bumble''':
more.\\
'''Mr. Bumble:'''
[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]
-->'''Oliver''':
WHAT?!]]\\
'''Oliver:'''
Please sir, I want some...more?
-->'''Mr. Bumble''':'''''MORE?!!'''''
more?\\
'''Mr. Bumble:''' ''MORE?!!''



* CreepyMortician: Both the stage and film versions have the Sowerberrys, a whole family of this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral."

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* CreepyMortician: Both the stage and film versions have the The Sowerberrys, a whole family of this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral."



--> ''Together till our dying day / The living proof that crime can pay''

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--> ''Together --->Together till our dying day / day\\
The living proof that crime can pay''pay



* DisproportionateRetribution: Speaking Bill Sykes' name aloud is, apparently, grounds for being killed, even if it's a whisper. He claims he actually followed through and ''did'' kill someone for boasting that he could his name in vain.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Speaking Bill Sykes' Sikes' name aloud is, apparently, grounds for being killed, even if it's a whisper. He claims he actually followed through and ''did'' kill someone for boasting that he could his name in vain.



-->'''Nancy:''' ''[[LampshadeHanging They all suppose what they want to suppose]], when they hear "oom-pah-pah"!''
* DownerEnding: The only character who has a happy ending is Oliver himself. And that's ''after'' watching Nancy killed by Bill Sykes, who is then shot (or in the film version, as in the original book, accidentally hangs himself) trying to escape with Oliver. Must've been pretty traumatic to be a part of...

to:

-->'''Nancy:''' ''[[LampshadeHanging [[LampshadeHanging They all suppose what they want to suppose]], when suppose]]\\
When
they hear "oom-pah-pah"!''
"oom-pah-pah"!
* DownerEnding: The only character who has a happy ending is Oliver himself. And that's ''after'' watching Nancy killed by Bill Sykes, Sikes, who is then shot (or in the film version, as in the original book, accidentally hangs himself) trying to escape with Oliver. Must've been pretty traumatic to be a part of...



-->'''Sykes:''' Strong men tremble when they hear it\\

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-->'''Sykes:''' -->'''Sikes:''' Strong men tremble when they hear it\\



* EverythingHasRythm: During "Consider Yourself", most prominently in the film, everyone does this with whatever it is they happen to be doing. Except maybe Dodger and Oliver.

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* EverythingHasRythm: EverythingHasRhythm: During "Consider Yourself", most prominently in the film, everyone does this with whatever it is they happen to be doing. Except maybe Dodger and Oliver.



-->'''The Artful Dodger''': [to Oliver, who has just arrived in London] Whatchu starin' at? 'Aven't you never seen a toff?

to:

-->'''The Artful Dodger''': [to Dodger:''' ''[to Oliver, who has just arrived in London] London]'' Whatchu starin' at? 'Aven't you never seen a toff?



* IAmVeryBritish: In the first half, the difference is made stronger due to a juxtaposition of 'proper' and Cockne

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* IAmVeryBritish: In the first half, the difference is made stronger due to a juxtaposition of 'proper' and CockneCockney English.



* ImGoingToHellForThis: Bill Sykes has this to say:

to:

* ImGoingToHellForThis: Bill Sykes Sikes has this to say:



-->Who will buy my sweet red roses/Two blooms for a penny?

to:

-->Who will buy my sweet red roses/Two roses\\
Two
blooms for a penny?



* KnightOfCerebus: Bill Sykes. The show gets ''much'' darker once he shows up.

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* KnightOfCerebus: Bill Sykes.Sikes. The show gets ''much'' darker once he shows up.



* LoveMartyr: Poor Nancy has this BAD for [[CompleteMonster Bill Sykes]]. She recognises this in "As Long As He Needs Me", but even though he's a murderous thug and robber who beats her and plans to kill Oliver, she still can't bring herself to hand him over to the law.
-->''As long as life is long\\

to:

* LoveMartyr: Poor Nancy has this BAD for [[CompleteMonster Bill Sykes]].Sikes]]. She recognises this in "As Long As He Needs Me", but even though he's a murderous thug and robber who beats her and plans to kill Oliver, she still can't bring herself to hand him over to the law.
-->''As -->As long as life is long\\



As long as he needs me.''

to:

As long as he needs me.''



* NobleDemon: Fagin is a thief, who trains others to be thieves, and works with Bill Sykes, but deep down he doesn't like his life and wishes the things he does weren't necessary, and tries his best not to be too bad. This trope is exemplified in the song "Reviewing the Situation":
-->Though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint, I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint. I'm reviewing the situation; can a fellow be a villain all his life?... I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay. You'll be seeing no transformation, but it's wrong to be a rogue in every way. I don't want nobody hurt for me or made to do the dirt for me, this rotten life is not for me, it's getting far too hot for me, there is no in-between for me, but who will change the scene for me? I think I'd better think it out again!

to:

* NobleDemon: Fagin is a thief, who trains others to be thieves, and works with Bill Sykes, Sikes, but deep down he doesn't like his life and wishes the things he does weren't necessary, and tries his best not to be too bad. This trope is exemplified in the song "Reviewing the Situation":
-->Though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint, saint\\
I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint. paint\\
I'm reviewing the situation; can situation\\
Can
a fellow be a villain all his life?... life?...\\
I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay. stay\\
You'll be seeing no transformation, but transformation\\
But
it's wrong to be a rogue in every way. way\\
I don't want nobody hurt for me or me\\
Or
made to do the dirt for me, this me\\
This
rotten life is not for me, it's me\\
It's
getting far too hot for me, there me\\
There
is no in-between for me, but me\\
But
who will change the scene for me? me?\\
I think I'd better think it out again!



--> "Pretty little Sally goes walking down the alley, displays her pretty ankles for all of the men. They can see her garters, but ''not'' for free and gratis -- an inch or two, and then she knows when to say when!"

to:

--> "Pretty -->Pretty little Sally goes Sally\\
Goes
walking down the alley, displays alley\\
Displays
her pretty ankles for all of the men. men\\
They can see her garters, but garters\\
But
''not'' for free and gratis -- an --\\
An
inch or two, and then she knows when to say when!"when!



--->'''Sikes:''' ''What is it?''

to:

--->'''Sikes:''' ''What What is it?''it?



** You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" serves as an AntiVillain Song for Fagin.

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** You've "You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" serves as an AntiVillain Song for Fagin.



--> Fare the well, but be back soon
-->Who can tell where danger's lurking

to:

--> Fare the --->Fare thee well, but be back soon
-->Who
soon\\
Who
can tell where danger's lurking



--> Give me one long, last look
-->Bless you

to:

--> Give --->Give me one long, last look
-->Bless
look, bless you



--> We must disappear
-->We'll be back here
-->Today... perhaps tomorrow

to:

--> We --->We must disappear
-->We'll
disappear\\
We'll
be back here
-->Today...
here\\
Today...
perhaps tomorrow
6th Apr '18 1:34:06 AM AmuckCricetine
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TheMovie was released in 1968. It was directed by Creator/CarolReed (''Film/TheThirdMan''). It starred Creator/OliverReed (Carol's nephew) as Bill Sikes, Mark Lester as Oliver (with his songs sung by a girl, Kathe Green), and Ron Moody as Fagin. It was the last musical to win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture until ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' 34 years later, and it remains the ''only'' G-rated movie to win.

to:

TheMovie was released in 1968. It was directed by Creator/CarolReed (''Film/TheThirdMan''). It starred Creator/OliverReed (Carol's nephew) as Bill Sikes, Mark Lester as Oliver (with his songs sung by a girl, Kathe Green), Creator/JackWild at the Artful Dodger and Ron Moody as Fagin. It was the last musical to win the UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Picture until ''Film/{{Chicago}}'' 34 years later, and it remains the ''only'' G-rated movie to win.
5th Apr '18 5:57:29 PM AmuckCricetine
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* AdaptedOut: Monks and the Maylies are omitted.



* AnimalReactionShot: When Oliver first enters the hideout of Fagin's thieves, everyone stops talking and stares at him, including an owl.



* BadSamaritan: Fagin, though downplayed from the book. While still somewhat self-serving, he is portrayed as something of a whimsical LoveableRogue who does to some extent care for his gang ([[EvenEvilHasStandards or at least loathes Sykes' treatment of them]]).
* BawdySong: In a sort of meta-example, "Oom Pah-Pah" both refers to this kind of song and is a very mild example itself.



* BigWordShout:
-->'''Oliver''': Please sir, I want some more.
-->'''Mr. Bumble''': [[BigWhat WHAT?!]]
-->'''Oliver''': Please sir, I want some...more?
-->'''Mr. Bumble''':'''''MORE?!!'''''
* BreadEggsMilkSquick: "I'd Do Anything" starts out with cute lines about the things the boys would do, like "Would you climb a hill? (Anything!)/ Wear a daffodil? (Anything!)" etc. Then in the third verse:
-->"Would you rob a shop?"\\
"Would you risk the drop?"\\
"Though your eyes go pop"\\
"When you come down, plop!"
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In a London revival, Fagin breaks the fourth wall during a few of his monologues, especially when he is play acting with his 'treasures'. For example, he was looking through an opera glass and pretending he was at a theatre, gesturing towards the Stalls in the actual theatre (where the most expensive seats are) and mentioning that was where all the rich people were, then gesturing at the top tier and saying that was full of poor people. In the second monologue he started recounting the story of the musical and ended up saying: "What the Dickens am I going on about?"



%%* CharacterTitle



* CrowdSong: "Consider Yourself".
* DarkReprise:
** "Reviewing The Situation" is first sung by Fagin as he tries and fails to convince himself to abandon his criminal ways, later reprised with the Artful Dodger as they pledge their dedication to a life of crime.
** The ''original'' version has Fagin realizing at the end of each verse that the situation he's imagining is actually ''unimaginable'', so it's debatable how "dark" the reprise is, given that Fagin and Dodger both seem genuinely happy about the prospect:
--> ''Together till our dying day / The living proof that crime can pay''
** And also, this is only true in the movie, as in the stage version, this revelation never existed, and he does straighten up his life after all.
** "It's a Fine Life" may be an even better example of this trope. It's first sung by Nancy and Bet as a relatively cheerful song, but is later reprised by Nancy, Bill Sikes, Fagin, and Dodger in a more sarcastic and dark manner.
*** When you look at Bill's treatment of Nancy, the original becomes pretty dark on its own: "Though you sometimes do come by/The occasional black eye/You can always cover one/'Till he blacks the other one/But you don't dare cry!"
*** In the original version (and subsequently mounted productions of the show) the orchestration, similar in tone to the rowdy, cheerful way it was sung earlier, gives this moment in the show a severe case of LyricalDissonance. The Cameron Mackintosh revival, mounted in the West End in 1994 and 2008, remedied this unfortunate imbalance, thanks largely to orchestrator Bill Brohn and arranger Chris Walker.
** "As Long As He Needs Me" is another example: the first time Nancy sings it to demonstrate how she won't give up Bill despite his abuse, the second is right before [[spoiler:Bill decides he doesn't need her anymore - and murders her in cold blood]].



* TheDreaded: Sykes. The moment he arrives in the tavern after "Oom-Pah-Pah" the whole place goes dead quiet, seguing perfectly into his VillainSong.

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* DownerEnding: The only character who has a happy ending is Oliver himself. And that's ''after'' watching Nancy killed by Bill Sykes, who is then shot (or in the film version, as in the original book, accidentally hangs himself) trying to escape with Oliver. Must've been pretty traumatic to be a part of...
* TheDreaded: Sykes.Sikes. The moment he arrives in the tavern after "Oom-Pah-Pah" the whole place goes dead quiet, seguing perfectly into his VillainSong.



* DrunkenSong: "Oom-Pah-Pah": "There's a little ditty they're singing in the city, espec'lly when they've been on the gin or the beer..."
* TheElevenOClockNumber: "Reviewing the Situation".



* EverythingHasRythm: During "Consider Yourself", most prominently in the film, everyone does this with whatever it is they happen to be doing. Except maybe Dodger and Oliver.



* ExplainExplainOhCrap: "Reviewing the Situation" is this trope in musical form. Having realized that the life of a criminal, with all its "trials and tribulations", might not be the best thing for him, and he muses over possible alternatives: getting married, living in society, getting an honest job. Each time, though, he comes to the realization halfway through that the "solution" he's describing would not be an improvement, leading him to conclude:
-->I think I'd better think it out again.



* FakeFood: In some productions applesauce stands in for the gruel eaten by the workhouse orphans in the opening scene. It's easy to "set up" (no cooking required), easy to clean off of prop bowls and spoons, is readily gobbled by a group of 8-14 year-old kids, and looks "truly disgusting" from the audience.
* FatalFlaw: Nancy's misplaced UndyingLoyalty to the monstrous Bill Sikes.



* GenderFlip: In some adaptations of the stage musical, the Artful Dodger is played by a girl.

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* FlashMobCoverUp: {{Inverted}} in that it's done to prevent a crime. Nancy starts giving out beer and getting her customers to sing a rather lively bawdy ballad, in order to let Oliver, who'd been kidnapped by Sikes, escape unnoticed. It doesn't fool Sikes' dog, however.
* FoodSongsAreFunny: "Food, Glorious Food". A bunch of starving workhouse boys sing of having all the food they want.
* GenderFlip: In some adaptations of the stage musical, productions, the Artful Dodger is played by a girl.



* HakunaMatata: "Consider Yourself".
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Who Will Buy" sports the line "I'm so high, I swear I could fly." (He's just happy.)
* HaventYouSeenXBefore:
-->'''The Artful Dodger''': [to Oliver, who has just arrived in London] Whatchu starin' at? 'Aven't you never seen a toff?



* IAmSong: Bill Sikes' "My Name".
* IAmVeryBritish: In the first half, the difference is made stronger due to a juxtaposition of 'proper' and Cockne
* IAmWhatIAm:
** Fagin seems to always come back to the IAmWhatIAm decision.
** Nancy is fully aware of the fact that Bill is a [[{{Jerkass}} complete bastard]], but she can't help [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys loving him]], complete with song. [[spoiler:And then, to top off the love fest, he kills her.]]
* IgnoredEpiphany: Fagin, while "Reviewing the Situation," considered going straight and the situations it might result in, but finally decided:
-->I'm reviewing the situation.\\
I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay!\\
You'll be seeing no transformation,\\
But it's wrong to be a rogue in ev'ry way.
* ImGoingToHellForThis: Bill Sykes has this to say:
-->Once bad, what's the good of turning?\\
In Hell, I'll be there a-burning\\
Meanwhile, think of what I'm earning\\
all on account of my name.
* InnocentFlowerGirl: Though unnamed, the Rose Seller has one of the loveliest solos in the show. The part is often cast and costumed to evoke this character archetype.
-->Who will buy my sweet red roses/Two blooms for a penny?
* {{Intermission}}: The film version kept the intermission from the stage play. On the DVD, the intermission also doubles as a prompt to turn the disc over to continue the film.
* IrrelevantActOpener: "Oom Pah Pah" is a drinking song. Looks like it's named after everyone's favorite thing, too. The movie version makes it less irrelevant: Nancy leads the crowd in song in order to distract Bill Sikes so she can take Oliver to London Bridge.



* KickTheDog: Bill tries to kill Bullseye, but he not only runs away, but leads the chase right to him.



* LighterAndSofter: The book on which it's based ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is much darker and more grim than the musical.

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%%* LaughablyEvil: Fagin.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: In some productions , the lyrics for "Reviewing the Situation" end with "There is no in between for me/But who will change the scene for me?", whereupon the set immediately starts to revolve as Fagin heads back to the fireplace to count his money.
* LighterAndSofter: The Granted, most musicals are this by nature, but still, the original book on which it's based ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is much darker and more grim than the musical.pretty grim.



* TheMusical
* OfCorsetsSexy

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* TheMusical
LoveMartyr: Poor Nancy has this BAD for [[CompleteMonster Bill Sykes]]. She recognises this in "As Long As He Needs Me", but even though he's a murderous thug and robber who beats her and plans to kill Oliver, she still can't bring herself to hand him over to the law.
-->''As long as life is long\\
I'll love him, right or wrong\\
And somehow I'll be strong\\
As long as he needs me.''
* OfCorsetsSexyLukeIAmYourFather: The musical simplifies matters from the book enormously by making Mr. Brownlow Oliver's grandfather and leaving Monks and the Mayleys out entirely.
* MassiveMultiplayerEnsembleNumber: "Who Will Buy?"
* MediumAwareness: In one production in London, the orchestration uses a violin soloist during "Reviewing the Situation". Since a violin is one of the items that Fagin has in his box of treasures, there were several PlayedForLaughs moments where Fagin, apparently hearing the violin solo, would stop and stare at the violin, and pick it up to examine it. The same part also featured a long monologue by Fagin where he seemed perfectly aware that he was on stage in a theatre.
* MusicalWorldHypotheses: The musical is mostly Alternate Universe, though the songs Nancy sings at the Three Cripples Inn ("It's a Fine Life" and "Oom Pah Pah") can fit into Diegetic.
* NobleDemon: Fagin is a thief, who trains others to be thieves, and works with Bill Sykes, but deep down he doesn't like his life and wishes the things he does weren't necessary, and tries his best not to be too bad. This trope is exemplified in the song "Reviewing the Situation":
-->Though I'd be the first one to say that I wasn't a saint, I'm finding it hard to be really as black as they paint. I'm reviewing the situation; can a fellow be a villain all his life?... I'm a bad 'un and a bad 'un I shall stay. You'll be seeing no transformation, but it's wrong to be a rogue in every way. I don't want nobody hurt for me or made to do the dirt for me, this rotten life is not for me, it's getting far too hot for me, there is no in-between for me, but who will change the scene for me? I think I'd better think it out again!
* NoSongForTheWicked: In the film, Bill Sikes never sings, although other people sing about him.



* ProtagonistTitle
* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: discussed (optimistically) in "Consider Yourself".

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* OurNudityIsDifferent: The hooker-advertising-her-wares strip tease described by Nancy:
--> "Pretty little Sally goes walking down the alley, displays her pretty ankles for all of the men. They can see her garters, but ''not'' for free and gratis -- an inch or two, and then she knows when to say when!"
* PinballProtagonist: Oliver's an orphan, gets passed from orphanage, to a funeral home, then gets kicked out and gets picked up by the thieves guild, then is taken in by a rich old man. It's a musical, and the characters mostly sing around him as well.
* PleaseIWillDoAnything: "I'd Do Anything" is mostly one guy saying he'd do anything for a girl, and the girl making ridiculous or strange suggestions, to all of which he agrees. Then Fagin co-opts it, and does the routine with his gang of loyal street urchins, and his suggestions are a little darker.
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ProtagonistTitle
* RollingPinOfDoom: "Only it's wise to be handy with a rolling pin when the landlord comes to call!"
* ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse: discussed {{Discussed}} (optimistically) in "Consider Yourself".



* SayMyName ''Oliver!''

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* SayMyName SayMyName: ''Oliver!''



* SidekickSong:
** You've Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two" serves as an AntiVillain Song for Fagin.
** "Consider Yourself" sung by The Artful Dodger.
** Fagin also gets arguably the most fun song in the entire show, "Reviewing the Situation." He shares the reprise with Dodger.



* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Nancy starts up "Oom-Pah-Pah" as a distraction to let Oliver escape from Bill Sikes.
* {{Undertaker}}: The Sowerberries get to sing about how wonderful their work looks at the funeral.



* WelcomingSong: The boys sing "Consider Yourself" to welcome Oliver into their gang

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* VillainousAdviceSong: "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two".
* WelcomingSong: The boys sing "Consider Yourself" to welcome Oliver into their ganggang.
* WheelOfPain: The film adaptation briefly shows a variation on the theme during the opening scene.
* WhenImGoneSong: "Be Back Soon". The pickpocket boys sing to Fagin and he sings back as they prepare go out into the street to pickpocket. The song mainly references returning, but considering that stealing at the time could conceivably carry a death sentence by hanging, an ominous cloud hangs behind the cheery tune and lyrics. Some examples:
** From Fagin:
--> Fare the well, but be back soon
-->Who can tell where danger's lurking
** and
--> Give me one long, last look
-->Bless you
** And the boys:
--> We must disappear
-->We'll be back here
-->Today... perhaps tomorrow
* WhenYouSnatchThePebble: During the "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two", Fagin lets his urchins demonstrate pick pocketing to Oliver by letting them steal things from his coat. He's not trying that hard to stop them, though, since he's not training them.


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* WouldHitAGirl: Throughout the play, Nancy is a punching bag for Bill Sikes and the beatings grow progressively worse. In the end, Nancy tries to leave with Oliver, but Bill follows them and confronts them by London Bridge. Oliver tries to stop Bill from trying to grab Nancy, but is unsuccessful; Bill in an unprecedented display of barbaric savagery brutally clubs Nancy to death (in the original stage play; she has also been strangled, stabbed and/or had her throat slit). Bill takes Oliver hostage and uses the lad as a bargaining tool to ensure his freedom, but Bill is still caught and killed.
29th Jan '18 5:27:54 PM PaulA
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Speaking Bill Sykes' name aloud is, apparently, grounds for being killed, even if it's a whisper. He claims he actually followed through and ''did'' kill someone for taking his name in vain.
** Not even that. He apparently killed someone just for ''claiming that they could'' take his name in vain.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Speaking Bill Sykes' name aloud is, apparently, grounds for being killed, even if it's a whisper. He claims he actually followed through and ''did'' kill someone for taking his name in vain.
** Not even that. He apparently killed someone just for ''claiming
boasting that they could'' take he could his name in vain.
29th Jan '18 1:20:18 PM momur
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** Not even that. He apparently killed someone just for ''claiming that they could'' take his name in vain.
16th Oct '17 12:01:26 PM RicPot
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* LighterAndSofter

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* LighterAndSofterLighterAndSofter: The book on which it's based ''Literature/OliverTwist'' is much darker and more grim than the musical.
9th Sep '17 3:02:41 PM MinisterOfSinister
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* CreepyMortician: Both the stage and film versions have the Sowberrys, a whole family of this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral."

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* CreepyMortician: Both the stage and film versions have the Sowberrys, Sowerberrys, a whole family of this. They even get a song, "That's Your Funeral."
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