Off-Broadway’s The New Group has announced additional casting for its upcoming production of the award-winning musical Sweet Charity, which will launch the company's 2016-17 season.
Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and directed by Leigh Silverman, the musical, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster as Charity Hope Valentine, will begin previews November 2 prior to an official opening November 20 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). Performances will continue through December 11.
Newly announced for the limited engagement are Yesenia Ayala (Ensemble), Darius Barnes (Ensemble), James Brown III (Ensemble), Lori Ann Ferreri (Swing), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Nickie), Shuler Hensley (Oscar), Sasha Hutchings (Rosie / Ensemble), Donald Jones, Jr. (Ensemble), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Ursula / Ensemble), Emily Padgett (Helene), Joel Perez (Herman / Vittorio / Daddy Brubeck) and Ryan Worsing (Swing). Additional casting to be announced.
Sweet Charity features a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Foster, according to press notes, plays “the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water."
The production will also have scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and music direction by Georgia Stitt. The production supervisor is Production Core; the production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson; and casting is by Judy Henderson, CSA.
Sweet Charity is based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano. Originally produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris, it was conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Sweet Charity premiered January 29, 1966 at the Palace Theatre starring Gwen Verdon; it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning one for Bob Fosse's choreography. The film adaptation, directed by Fosse, premiered in 1969 starring Shirley MacLaine; it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation).
Sweet Charity is presented by The New Group in association with Kevin McCollum.
Tickets for Sweet Charity are currently available for subscribers of The New Group, and tickets go on sale to the general public on August 22 at 10 AM. For single ticket purchases, visit thenewgroup.org. Subscriptions and single tickets can also be purchased by calling Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200, or in person at 416 West 42nd Street.