YMMV / Oliver!

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The song "I Shall Scream". While it can be pretty funny, it has absolutely no bearing on the plot. Rather fittingly, it's left out of the 1968 movie version.
    • It establishes a romance between Mr. Bumble and Ms. Corney, which is referenced later during one scene in the second act, and is thematically important: the Bumbles are evil, selfish people, and thus they make each other miserable rather than happy.
    • Cleverly subverted with "Oom Pah Pah". Upon first viewing, it's just a merry drinking song to get everyone in a good mood and doesn't appear to have any bearing on the plot. Then Sikes comes in...
  • Ear Worm:
    • "That's Your Funeral" if you don't think that's an ear worm.
    • "Food Glorious Food"
    • "Oliver, never before has a boy wanted more."
    • "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two"
    • "Reviewing the Situation" to a lesser extent.
    • "Consider Yourself One of Us"
    • "Oom pah pah" that's how it goes
    • "Who Will Buy?"
    • Most of the songs apart from the more depressing ones such as "Where is love?" and "As long as he need me".
  • Moral Event Horizon: Sikes crosses this when he murders Nancy. You know you have done something utterly unforgivable when your dog, an animal which is famous for it's Undying Loyalty, turns against you.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Nancy being beaten to death by Sikes while Oliver is Forced to Watch. Also the fact that she was still twitching is very hard to watch.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Noah Claypool only gets one scene, as opposed to his long and loathsome presence in the book. However, he avoids being Demoted to Extra via making quite an impression during his brief time on stage.
  • The Woobie: Oliver, oh so much. Nancy as well.