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Lilli Cooper, Raúl Esparza, and More to Lead Encores! Oliver!

A cast of Broadway stars joins Lionel Bart’s beloved musical at New York City Center.

Lilli Cooper and Raúl Esparza join the Encores! cast of Oliver!
Lilli Cooper and Raúl Esparza join the Encores! cast of Oliver!
(Photos provided by New York City Center)

New York City Center has announced casting for the upcoming Encores! production of Lionel Bart's Oliver! Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet helms the musical, with choreography by Lorin Latarro and Encores! Music Director Mary-Mitchell Campbell leading The Encores! Orchestra. The show will have a two-week run from May 3-14.

The cast will feature Tony Nominee Lilli Cooper (Tootsie) as Nancy, four-time Tony Nominee Raúl Esparza (Company) as Fagin, Tam Mutu (Moulin Rouge! The Musical) as Bill Sikes, two-time Tony Nominee Brad Oscar (Mrs. Doubtfire) as Mr. Bumble, Benjamin Pajak (The Music Man) as Oliver Twist, and three-time Tony Nominee Mary Testa (Oklahoma!) as Widow Corney.

The ensemble includes William Thomas Colin, Charity Angel Dawson, Julian Marcus DeGuzman, Zachary Downer, Sam Duncan, William Foon, Ethen Green-Younger, Jeff Kready, Jenny Laroche, Devin Miles Lugo, Morgan Marcell, Lindsay Roberts, Eliseo Roman, Michael Cash Savio, and Jacob Keith Watson. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

Based on the 1838 novel Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Oliver! debuted in London's West End in 1960 before transferring to Broadway in 1963. The musical earned 10 Tony nominations, including a win for Bart's score, but has not been seen on a New York City stage for nearly 40 years.

Deborah Stein joins the Encores! team as Concert Adaptor and Alisa Solomon will support as a consultant for the production.