"I worked with Wayne on Golden Boy and we had such a fantastic collaboration over at Encores!," Sweet Charity director Walter Bobbie told Playbill On-Line. "We've wanted to work together again and I love Wayne. He's worked with [choreographical legends Bob] Fosse and [Gower] Champion and [Michael] Bennett and he understands all of their vocabulary completely and [the show's] wonderful sexuality."
Cilento began his career as a performer in Broadway's Seesaw, Rachel Lily Rosenblum, The Act, Perfectly Frank, Irene, Big Deal, the original cast of A Chorus Line and his Tony Award-nominated performance in Bob Fosse's Dancin'. He has been Tony-nominated for his choreography of Dream, Baby, the revival of How to Succeed... and won for The Who's Tommy.
Christina Applegate — of "Married with Children" fame —is set to star in the title role of Charity Hope Valentine, the part originated on Broadway by four-time Tony Award winner Gwen Verdon. The musical revival is slated to open on Broadway April 21, 2005 following out-of-town engagements yet to be decided. Barry and Fran Weissler will co-produce the production with Clear Channel Entertainment.
The revival will feature a revised book by Neil Simon as well as one new song added to the classic Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields score. Sweet Charity is a quirky, romantic, urban musical comedy about a dance hall hostess with a heart of gold. It includes such songs like "Big Spender," "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 Fields show from 1966 was a triumph for creator-director-choreographer Bob Fosse and actress Gwen Verdon. The 1969 film starred Shirley MacLaine as the innocent Charity. A 1986 Broadway revival (overseen by Fosse, who died shortly after) starred Debbie Allen.