Britney Charity Speared as Pop Star Passes on Broadway Role

By Robert Simonson
30 Nov 2005

Britney Spears has declined to follow Christina Applegate in the revival of Sweet Charity at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, the New York Post reported Nov. 30.



Reports of Spears' interest in the project began to surface after the singer attended the Nov. 17 performance of Sweet Charity with her mother and husband, Kevin Federline.

"The Insider" television gossip program reported that Spears' husband, Kevin Federline, would have also joined the revival of the Neil Simon-Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical.

On Nov. 23, the New York Post said that, should the casting be achieved, the production would move to the Hilton Theatre, which has roughly 400 more seats than the Al Hirschfeld. The Post also reported that Spears would likely be offered $25,000 a week against 10 percent of the box-office gross.

The producers of Charity have made no official annoucement regarding Spears.

Sweet Charity currently stars Christina Applegate in the title role with Denis O'Hare as Oscar, Mylinda Hull as Nickie, Kearran Giovanni as Helene, Ernie Sabella as Herman and Paul Schoeffler as Vittorio.

The creative team for Sweet Charity comprises Walter Bobbie (director), Wayne Cilento (choreographer), Scott Pask (set designer), William Ivey Long (costume design), Brian MacDevitt (lighting designer), Peter Hylenski (sound designer), Don York (music director) and Don Sebesky (orchestrator).

DRG Records preserved the score of Broadway's new Sweet Charity on a cast album May 9. The disc was released in stores June 24.

The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is located at 302 West 45th Street.