Jenna Elfman to Star in Sweet Charity on Broadway in 2003?

News   Jenna Elfman to Star in Sweet Charity on Broadway in 2003? Jenna Elfman, former star of television's "Dharma and Greg," is under consideration for the role of Charity in the Broadway bound revival of Sweet Charity, to be directed by Walter Bobbie and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

Jenna Elfman.
Jenna Elfman.

Jenna Elfman, former star of television's "Dharma and Greg," is under consideration for the role of Charity in the Broadway bound revival of Sweet Charity, to be directed by Walter Bobbie and produced by Barry and Fran Weissler.

The show is aiming for a spring 2003 Broadway open following some out-of-town dates, the Weissler office confirmed.

Elfman has made a name for herself — that name being Dharma — on the ABC sitcom for the past five years. Now that the series has been canceled, she is pursuing other ventures: "I have many projects in the works that I am really excited about. They include film and theatre," she says on her website (www.jennaelfman.com). Also a classically-trained ballerina, the actress has starred in such films as "Grosse Pointe Blank," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Edtv," "Keeping the Faith" and "Town and Country."

Sweet Charity was composed by Cy Coleman with lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. The musical is based on the screenplay "Nights of Cabiria" by Federico Fellini.

The most recent Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, about a good-hearted dance-hall hostess who attracts mainly bad luck, played the Minskoff Theatre in 1986-87 (directed and choreographed by the man who created the show, Bob Fosse; it would be one of his final directing jobs before his death). It starred Debbie Allen as Charity, Bebe Neuwirth as Nicky and Michael Rupert as Oscar. The 1966 original was conceived by Bob Fosse for wife Gwen Verdon, who played Charity. John McMartin played Oscar. The score includes "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Big Spender," "Baby, Dream Your Dream," "Where Am I Going?," "I'm a Brass Band," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This" and "Rhythm of Life." A film version starred Shirley MacLaine.

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There was talk in recent seasons of a national tour of the show starring Paula Abdul. The production never materialized.

— by Ernio Hernandez