Broadway fans may soon have the chance to see Samantha Barks reprise her role of Nancy in Oliver!
Earlier this week the Daily Mail reported that Cameron Mackintosh is in the process of bringing Lionel Bart’s Oliver! to Broadway and later to the big screen, with hopes of Stephen Daldry directing. Oliver!, already a movie, first came to the silver screen in the 1968 version directed by Carol Reed. The movie then went on to win six Oscars including Best Movie and Best Director.
While the movie, which would have an original screenplay as well as new songs, wouldn’t be in work until 2016, there is talk of Mackintosh wanting Barks as Nancy.
British actress Barks has recently made a name for herself as Eponine in Tom Hooper’s blockbuster Les Miserables, a role she played in London in 2012 and again for the 25th Anniversary Concert at the Royal Albert Hall.
The role of Nancy would not be unfamiliar to Barks. In 2008 Barks was on the BBC search I’d Do Anything, for a chance to play Nancy in Cameron Mackintosh’s revival of Oliver! While Bark came in third, she had recently had her chance at the role and finished her run before filming Les Miserables.
Although both stage and film revivals are a while away, and no timeline has been set for production or cast, many fans would love a chance to see Barks reprise her role in Oliver! on Broadway.
Les Miserables is personally one of my favorite musicals of all time, and like many girls Eponine is a favorite character. After seeing multiple stage and film versions, Barks’ portrayal quickly became a favorite. However, have never seeing Oliver! learning about Barks’ possible involvement caused me to do some research. Fans are even able to find videos of her singing As Long as He Needs Me from Oliver! while she was on I’d Do Anything. She is quite an amazing Nancy and hopefully she comes to Broadway for a while.
For those fans overseas in the UK, you won’t have to wait as long to see Barks’ newest project. She has recently started filming The Christmas Candle, a British holiday movie. The film is based on a novella by Max Lucado by the same title. The story takes place in an1890s English village where candles begin to answer the prayers of the village residents.
Starring alongside Barks in this yuletide film is music star Susan Boyle. This is Boyle’s film debut. The singer became an overnight sensation in 2009 when she sang I Dreamed a Dream on Britain’s Got Talent and blew the judges and audience away.
There is no sign of this being a musical, but a duet between Barks and Boyle would definitely be something to look forward to.