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Theater review: Classic tale gets delightful musical treatment in Chatham

Quinto Ott as Bill Sykes, George Franklin as Oliver and Laura Helm as Bill’s girlfriend Nancy star in the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s production of “Oliver!” (Mac-Haydn Theatre Staff Photo)
Quinto Ott as Bill Sykes, George Franklin as Oliver and Laura Helm as Bill’s girlfriend Nancy star in the Mac-Haydn Theatre’s production of “Oliver!” (Mac-Haydn Theatre Staff Photo)
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The musical “Oliver!,” based on the Charles Dickens novel “Oliver Twist,” is surely one of the darkest of the most popular Broadway musicals. It is peopled by the money-hungry Fagin, leader of a band of little boy criminals; the undertaker Sowerberry and his shrewish wife; and, of course, the villainous Bill Sykes, the Voldemort of 19th century London.

As presented by the Mac-Haydn Theatre, the production is as deliciously netherworldly as it gets. It ...

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