A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show isn't meant to be educational, but young viewers will learn a few things about Oliver and the inner workings of musical theater.
The show highlights the hard work and dedication that goes into landing acting roles on this level, and there's a lot less personal drama than on other reality shows.
Positive Role Models
By casting both a child and an adult actor for two different roles, the show offers kids plenty of relatable, positive role models.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There's some mild sexual innuendo (and, at times, major cleavage) during auditions for the show's "tart with a heart."
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Infrequent use of mild terms like "tart" and "ballsy."
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The show is designed to drum up interest in (and ticket sales for) a production of Oliver, which is to be produced in London's West End theater district.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this British reality competition already aired in the U.K., so even though it blatantly tries to boost ticket sales for an upcoming production of Oliver, you won't have to worry about your kids expecting seats on opening night. (Downloading the soundtrack might be another matter.) Since children are directly involved in the competition, there's nothing too racy for most kids. For example, although one of the characters being cast is a "tart with a heart," the show doesn't play up her sexual side too much.
Is It Any Good?
Andrew Lloyd Weber and his cohorts are up to their usual tricks in the third installment of this successful British import (in previous installments, most of the same crew helped pick new leads for West End productions of The Sound of Music and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with smashing results). Once again, there's some amazing talent -- with some "not so much" thrown in just for laughs. But this time around, the judges also have a second role to cast: Oliver himself.
Adding the kids to the mix might draw more interest from younger viewers, who can learn a lot by observing the casting process. But it will also assist adult viewers across the pond with name recognition, as most average Americans will have no idea who Nancy is. Oliver might be a classic in Britain, but in the States, it's not exactly a national treasure.
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