Performances begin November 2 for the New Group’s intimate staging of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, at The Pershing Square Signature Center. The revival of Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields’ musical is directed by Leigh Silverman and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse.
Foster stars as Charity Hope Valentine, an 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 show will officially open November 20 and is scheduled to run through December 30.
The cast 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).
The production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, make-up design by Joe Dulude II, wig and hair design by George G. LaPointe, orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and music direction by Georgia Stitt. Production supervisor is Production Core, production stage manager is Valerie A. Peterson, and casting is by Judy Henderson, CSA.
Sweet Charity, about a New York City dance hall hostess looking for love, is based on an original screenplay titled The Nights of Cabiria by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, and Ennio Plaiano and was originally conceived, staged, and choreographed for the Broadway stage by Bob Fosse. The musical premiered in January 1966 at the Palace Theatre, where it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and has been revived on Broadway twice since, in 1986 and 2005. The film adaptation, directed by Fosse, premiered in 1969, and was nominated for three Academy Awards.
See photos from when the cast and creative team met the press below: