Sweet Charity (2016) OFF-BROADWAY REVIEWS

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  • NY TIMES

  • Opening Night:
    November 20, 2016
    Closing:
    January 8, 2017

    Theater: Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center / 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY, 10019

    Synopsis: 

    Timed to the 50th Anniversary of the classic musical Sweet Charity, this production stars two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (“Younger,” Violet, Anything Goes) as Charity Hope Valentine, the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water. Performed in an intimate setting with original choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), this production of Sweet Charity will be given a fresh, modern perspective by Tony-nominated director Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well).

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  • NEW YORK TIMES REVIEW OF Sweet Charity (2016)

    A Thoroughly Modern ‘Sweet Charity’ Who Abandons Hope

    Ben Brantley

    November 20, 2016: In keeping with the dominant mood of New York City these days, the dance hall hostess known as Charity Hope Valentine has finally shed her middle name. As compellingly portrayed by Sutton Foster, in an archetype-shattering performance, the title character of the 1966 musical “Sweet Charity” has never before seemed so hopeless. Oh, sure, she’s still smiley and goofy and bouncy in the New Group production that opened on Sunday night at the Pershing Square Signature Center. She sings, she tap dances, she leads a fantasy parade in her own honor. But from the beginning of this willfully wan, small-scale revival, directed by Leigh Silverman, Charity seems plagued by a vague awareness that becoming a doormat for men was not a good career choice. And that no matter what course her life takes, men aren’t going to change and neither, God help her, is she.

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