Monday, February 09, 2009

Broadway Monday

Sweet Charity Sweet Charity, based on the Fellini film Nights of Cabiria, tells the tale of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall hostess at the Fandango Ballroom forever falling in love with the wrong men. Charity is the girl who wanted to be loved and wears her heart on her sleeve as she goes in search of the elusive feeling. Unfortunately, she keeps looking for that love in all the wrong places.
Sweet Charity opened on Broadway in the 1965-66 season and ran for 608 performances with a brilliant score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, and astounding choreography by Bob Fosse who won a Tony for his work.If you've got an extra five minutes, take a look at Fosse's work from the movie production of Sweet Charity which starred Shirley McLaine:

Incredible stuff! I just love the retro-ness of it all! I think I was on Laugh-In in a former life.

The shows exceptional score and choreography made it a shoe-in for a revival and producers did not disappoint. The first revival came in 1986 starring Debbie Allen, and the second in 2005 starring Christina Applegate. The show currently enjoys a robust touring schedule around the country.


Revday said...

Ok, I'm old but no one could do the leading role like Shirley McClain. I love Bob Fosse's work. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!

Revday said...

Oh, and does this mean I'm retro?

g8rlane said...

Rev, you could be "vintage" if you like that better! Ooooh! I got it--"old school"! :)