Musicals / Plays Lionel Bart Plays List

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List of Lionel Bart plays with descriptions, including any musicals by Lionel Bart, playwright. This Lionel Bart plays list includes promotional photos when available, as well as information about co-writers and Lionel Bart characters. This list of plays by Lionel Bart is listed alphabetically and includes art of the play's posters when available. Items on this list include Oliver! and Twang!!. What plays did Lionel Bart write? All these, one-acts, musicals, or full-length plays are by Lionel Bart and can help you decide, "What are the best Lionel Bart plays?" (5 items)


Blitz! is a musical by Lionel Bart. The musical, described by Steven Suskin as "massive", was set in the East End of London during the Blitz. The story drew on Bart's childhood memories of London's Jewish East End during the Blitz and, like most musicals, centred on a romance between a young couple, in this case a Jewish woman and a Cockney man, although the largest role and main point-of-view character is that of Mrs. Blitztein, the young woman's mother. Steven Suskin describes it as "Abie's Irish Rose set against the burning of Atlanta." Bart himself described the play as "…three human stories inside an epic canvas; the major human conflict—the major plot—personifies the spirit of London ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Lionel Bart

Fings Ain't Wot They Used T'be is a musical comedy about cockney low-life characters in the 1950s, including spivs, prostitutes, teddy-boys and corrupt policemen. The work is more of play with music than a conventional musical. The original play, by Frank Norman, who though born in Bristol lived his adult life in London, was intended to be a straight theatrical piece, but was supplemented with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, who also grew up in London's East End. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Lionel Bart , Frank Norman

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La Strada is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Lionel Bart Plays List
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La Strada

La Strada is a musical with lyrics and music by Lionel Bart, with additional lyrics by Martin Charnin and additional music by Elliot Lawrence. It is based on the 1954 film of the same name by Federico Fellini. Bart wrote the score in 1967 and made a demonstration recording, although the musical was not produced until 1969, when it was famously cancelled after just one performance. The musical's book was written by Charles K. Peck, Jr., who also produced it on Broadway. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Martin Charnin , Lionel Bart , Elliot Lawrence

Oliver! is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Lionel Bart Plays List
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Oliver! is a British musical, with music and lyrics by Lionel Bart. The musical is based upon the novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens. It premiered in the West End in 1960, enjoying a long run, and successful long runs on Broadway, tours and revivals, after being brought to the US by producer David Merrick in 1963. It was made into a musical film in 1968. Major London revivals played from 1977–80, 1994–98 and again from 2008–11. ...more on Wikipedia

Authors / Creators: Lionel Bart

Characters: Oliver Twist, Artful Dodger, Bill Sikes, Fagin, Nancy, + more

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#16 on The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

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