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The musical is translated to an American context by Neil Simon from a Frederico Fellini film, Nights of Cabiria, about an aging Roman prostitute. Sweet Charity opened in 1966 at Broadway's Palace Theatre with four-time Tony winner Gwen Verdon as Charity. Directed and choreographed by Fosse, the production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and ran for 608 performances. A film version followed in 1969 starring Shirley MacLaine. Sweet Charity was revived in 1986 with Debbie Allen in the lead and took 4 more Tonys, but, sadly, Fosse died shortly afterwards.
The stylised fable of a "tart with a heart" has never lost its lustre to the passage of time. The show reflects themes of the 60's, including the clash of 1950's morality with emerging individualism. Posse's overall conception and staging devices were innovative in their period, but the songs retain universal appeal. "Big Spender" and "If They Could See Me Now" remain among the most recognizable Broadway show-stopper.
Book by Neil Simon. Music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorrothy Fields. Based on the original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ennio Flaiano.
Director: Cameron-Lewis, Ron
Choreographer: Saunders-Herron, Gillian
Musical Director: Christopher Mounteer
Sheridan Hall, Sheridan
Charity Hope Valentine: Ashley Carter
Charity Hope Valentine: Lindsey Frazier
Nickie Pignatelli: Adele Campbell
Oscar Lindquist: Kyle Golemba
Helene: Rhoslynne Bugay
Carmen: Alanna Stone
Rosie, Fan Dango Girl: Melanie O'Brien
Ursala March, Fan Dango Girl: Kelly Olsen
Vittorio Vidal, Dirty Old Man, Brass Band Dancer: Justin Ruttan
Frug Dancer, Herman: Michael Hughes
2nd Cop, Frug Dancer, Subway Rider, Fan Dango Customer, Brass Band Dancer, Janitor: Daniel Abrahamson
Ice Cream Vendor, Fan Dango Girl, Panhandler, Information Booth Woman, Subway Rider, Coney Island: Andria Angelosante
Lead Frug Dancer, Fan Dango Girl, Dainty Young Woman, Coney Island: Laura Bonesteel
Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer, Subway Rider: Rachel Brittain
Baseball Player, Panhandler, Frug Dancer, Business Man, Subway Rider, Coney Island, Barney, Brass Band Dancer, Customer: Adriano Burgo
Man with Watch, Frug Dancer, Daddy's Assistant, Fan Dango Customer, Brass Band Dancer: Trevor Campbell
Young Girl, Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer, Subway Rider: Tanya Columbus
Married man, Doorman, Manfred, Subway Rider, Coney Island, Fan Dango Customer: John Connolly
Woman with Cat, Fan Dango Girl, Panhandler, "Y" Woman, Coney Island: Micaela Edmonds
Jogger, Frug Dancer, Daddy Brubeck, Brass Band Dancer, Fan Dango Customer: Byron Flores
Married Woman, Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer, Coney Island: Danielle Getz
Charlie Dark Glasses, Frug Dancer, Subway Rider, Coney Island, Fan Dango Customer, Brass Band Dancer: Zac Hutton
lst Cop, Frug Dancer, Fan Dango Customer, Brass Band Dancer: Billy Lake
Woman with Hat, Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer: Erin Lemieux
Nurse, Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer, Coney Island: Kier Loney
Woman in a Hurry, Fan Dango Girl, Frug Dancer, Subway Rider: Stephanie Lyall
Spanish Young Man, Panhandler, Frug Dancer, Daddy's Assistant, Coney Island, Brass Band Dancer, Fan Dango Customer: Jonathan Muzlera
Mother, Fan Dango Girl, "Y" Woman, Coney Island: Carrie Neales
Fan Dango Girl, Pompeii Waitress, Subway Rider: Jennifer Walls
Sweet Charity, Theatre Sheridan, musical theatre
Theatre and Performance Studies
Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design
Department of Visual and Performing Arts
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Theatre Sheridan, "Sweet Charity, November 9 – 20, 2004" (2004). Theatre Sheridan Productions. 72.
Cameron-Lewis, R. (Director). (2004, February 9 – 20). Sweet Charity [Theatre Performance]. Oakville: Theatre Sheridan.