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Oliver! at the Paper Mill Playhouse is a Holiday Treat

David Garrison (Fagin) and the Company of Oliver! Credits: Billy Bustamante
From left to right: Kristen Smith Davis (Bet) and Besty Morgan (Nancy). Credits: Jerry Dalia
From left to right: Tyler Moran (Oliver) and David Garrison (Fagin). Credits: Billy Bustamante
From left to right: Jessica Sheridan (Widow Corney), John Treacy Egan (Mr. Bumble) and Tyler Moran (Oliver). Credits: Jerry Dalia

MILLBURN, NJ – The Paper Mill Playhouse’s current production of “Oliver!” is a holiday confection not to be missed.  The show, which runs through December 29, is a musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens tale about a young orphan yearning for a home in Victorian London.

Directed by Paper Mill Playhouse Producing Artistic Director Mark S. Hoebee, the show features standout performances from David Garrison as Fagin, Betsy Morgan as Nancy, John Treacy Egan as Mr. Bumble, Ethan Haberfield as the Artful Dodger and Tyler Moran as Oliver.

The energy and enthusiasm of the entire cast never wavers and the original choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter is a joy. Even those unfamiliar with the play or 1968 film version of Oliver! will recognize many of the iconic songs, including "Food, Glorious Food," "Where is Love?," "As Long As He Needs Me" and "Consider Yourself."

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Oliver! also feature 16 local boys from all over New Jersey who auditioned along with more than 200 hopefuls.  Read our feature on Maplewood’s Hunter Kovacs here.  The youthful cast delivers consistently great performances, executing the elaborate dance sequences flawlessly.

Oliver! will be performed eight times a week, Wednesday through Sunday plus a special Christmas Eve matinee on Tuesday, December 24.  Family-friendly performances are also scheduled (check for the full schedule). The show is presented in two acts with an intermissiopn.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 973.376.4343, at the Paper Mill Playhouse Box Office at 22 Brookside Drive in Millburn, or online at

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