Sweet Charity is a popular musical that has enjoyed successes in both London and New York, as well as the big screen. The show features music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields and includes show standards such as ‘Big Spender’, ‘If They Could See Me Now’, and ‘The Rhythm of Life’. Neil Simon’s book is loosly based on Fellini’s screenplay for ‘Nights or Cabiria’ which follows the romantic toils of an optimistic prostitute from a Times Square dance hall.
Dancer Charity Valentine continues to have faith in the human race despite apparently endless disappointments at its hands, and hopes that she will finally meet the nice young man to romance her away from her sleazy life. Maybe, just maybe, handsome Oscar will be the one to do it.
Charity is the eternal optimist. While working at the seedy Fan-Dango Charas as a taxi dancer alongside her two best friends, Nickie and Helene, Charity wants more than anything to be loved. As she wears her heart on her sleeve, she is vulnerable to sleaze-balls who will take advantage of her trusting nature and that desperation to be loved. Nonetheless, she always holds out hope — and she seems to have finally met a decent fellow in Oscar. Concerned that he will reject her if he discovers her true profession Charity lies to Oscar telling him that she works in a bank. Soon, Oscar asks Charity to marry him. Unfortunately, when Oscar discovers Charity’s real profession, he decides to back out of the marriage. The questions become whether Oscar’s love will remain after he finds out the truth behind Charity, and if so whether they can overcome their fundamental differences.
The delightful musical follows Charity’s romantic ups and downs as she remains ever-hopeful that, despite her work as a prostitute and dancer-for-hire, she will ultimately find love. With grand music, a delightful cast and filled with romance, Sweet Charity will excite all who witness Charities transition in life.
SHOW DATES – July 12 – 15 & 19-22