The New Group has announced a third and final extension for its revival of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster. Directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Joshua Bergasse, preview performances began November 2 at The Pershing Square Signature Center, with an official opening night scheduled for November 20.
Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields’ musical will now play through January 8, 2017, in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre. Foster stars as Charity Hope Valentine, the unlucky-in-love dance-hall hostess, along with a principal cast made up of Asmeret Ghebremichael (Nickie), Shuler Hensley (Oscar), Emily Padgett (Helene), and Joel Perez (Herman/Vittorio/Daddy Brubeck).
The cast of Sweet Charity also includes Yesenia Ayala (ensemble), Darius Barnes (ensemble), James Brown III (ensemble), Lori Ann Ferreri (swing), Sasha Hutchings (Rosie/ensemble), Donald Jones, Jr. (ensemble), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Ursula/ensemble), Cody Williams (ensemble), and Ryan Worsing (swing); and in the band, Georgia Stitt (music director/keyboard), Elizabeth Hagstedt (bass), Janna Graham (drums), Alexa Tarantino (reeds), Elana Arian (guitar), and Nioka Workman (cello).
Playing next door in the The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center is the Signature Theatre production of The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead, by Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks, which has also received an additional extension due to popular demand. Billed as a “riotous theatrical event” that explores archetypes of Black America and directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz, the production will now run through December 18 with a November 13 opening. Preview performances began October 25.
The cast is made up of Hamilton’s Daniel J. Watts, William DeMeritt (HBO’s The Normal Heart), Nike Kadri (Iphigenia in Aulis), Patrena Murray (Father Comes Home from the Wars), Reynaldo Piniella (The Erlkings at Theatre Row), Julian Rozzell (Father Comes Home from the Wars), Roslyn Ruff (The Piano Lesson), Mirirai Sithole (Mother Courage and Her Children), David Ryan Smith (The Comedy of Errors), Jamar Williams (Invisible Thread), and Amelia Workman (The Layover).
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First Look at The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World
The New Group’s Sweet Charity is presented in association with Kevin McCollum; tickets are available at TheNewGroup.org. To purchase tickets to The Death of the Last Black Man in the Whole Entire World AKA the Negro Book of the Dead, call Ticket Services at (212) 244-7529 or visit SignatureTheatre.org. The Pershing Square Signature Center is located at 480 West 42nd Street, New York.