Big Mac and his partners Southbrook Group Ltd. delighted their investors this week with the news that the record-breaking grosses for Oliver! mean that recoupment of the $6 million investment will almost certainly be achieved in only 30 weeks. With advance bookings now topping $15 million and climbing, daily wraps are regularly exceeding $200,000. Oliver! has already shattered all previous UK mega-hit musical box office records. This includes Mackintosh’s own hits Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and Miss Saigon, which have all been overtaken in the record advance stakes. Another lucrative spin-off from the production will be the up-coming Original 1994 London Cast Recording on John Craig’s First Night Records. Grammy-Award-winning record producer David Caddick is currently in the studio putting the final touches to the album. This will be the most comprehensive version of the score ever recorded, with most of the show’s incidental music and some new material included in its play time.