You'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!!!