Interview with Director Robert Neu

Robert NeuYou've been reading his blog, but Lyric Arts sat down and asked Robert Neu some of the questions that he may not touch on in his blog.  Read on! LA: Tell us a little bit about why this particular musical interested you:

RN: One of the great classics of the genre, great book based on Dickens, score with lots of “standards.”  Basic plot is relevant to today’s society.

LA: For those unfamiliar with Oliver! can you tell us about the show?

RN: Based on the great classic novel by Charles Dickens – the adventures of a poor orphan in a city of good and evil.

LA: Why should people come and see the stage version of Oliver!?

RN: Because the casts at Lyric Arts ROCK, because this is a timeless musical, because there’s NOTHING like live theater!

LA: Being that you have directed at Lyric Arts in the past, has Oliver! been a different experience for you?  How does Oliver! differ from the last musical you directed at Lyric Arts?

RN: Since the last musical I directed at Lyric Arts was The Sound of Music, yes, Oliver! is slightly different.  Instead of a stage full of nuns, we have a stage full of criminals, orphans and prostitutes.  YEAH!

LA: Comment on the artistic staff that you are working with:

RN: I am enjoying my colleagues very much – none of whom I’ve worked with before.  We’re having a good time and making magic!

LA: What it is like working with 24 kids in a musical?

RN: 25 kids – and it’s exhilarating.  They’re high energy and very talented and funny and hard working.  And if I manage to teach them anything along the way – well, that will make me very proud.

LA: Anything else you’d like to touch on that wasn’t mentioned our asked:

RN: GOD BLESS Lyric Arts for producing big musicals.  GIVE THEM MONEY – they deserve it!!!