Sweet Charity Tryout and Bway Dates Still Being Determined

News   Sweet Charity Tryout and Bway Dates Still Being Determined "Where am I going?" Charity Hope Valentine ruefully asks herself in Sweet Charity. Theatregoers hungry for the new revival are asking the same question following a change in the announced tryout dates.
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Previously announced dates for the Broadway-bound Sweet Charity, starring Marisa Tomei, are in flux as of Jan. 29, a spokesman for the Barry and Fran Weissler-Clear Channel Entertainment revival confirmed to Playbill On-Line.

Once details are ironed out, dates for Chicago, Toronto and possibly additional markets will be announced. Marisa Tomei is still headlining the quirky, romantic, urban musical comedy about a dance hall hostess with a heart of gold (and a penchant for singing songs like "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Where Am I Going?" and "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This").

The Neil Simon-Cy Coleman-Dorothy Field show from 1966 was a triumph for creator-director-choreographer Bob Fosse and actress Gwen Verdon. A film starred Shirley Maclaine as the innocent Charity, who lives hopefully ever after that she'll find a mate. A 1986 Broadway revival (overseen by Fosse, who died shortly after) starred Debbie Allen. There was talk in recent seasons that Paula Abdul was attached to a tour of the show (it never materialized).

The previously announced tryout engagements were the Canon Theatre in Toronto May 20-June 29, and Chicago's Shubert Theatre July 1-20, followed by August Broadway previews. One scenario being talked about in the industry has out-of-town dates as late as September, and a fall opening for Charity. A spokesman said various scenarios are being explored.

The show will mark the Broadway musical comedy debut of Marisa Tomei, who won the Academy Award for "My Cousin Vinnie." Her Broadway debut was a revival of the thriller Wait Until Dark two seasons ago. Walter Bobbie, who helped make Chicago a hit for the Weisslers, is directing the musical that gave the world "Big Spender." Robert Cuccioli has been offered the role of Italian movie star Vittorio Vidal, who has a brief encounter with Charity, leading her to sing "If My Friends Could See Me Now." (Vittorio also gets the ballad "Too Many Tomorrows.")