Playbill Poll: What Should Lea Michele's Next Broadway Musical Role Be? Readers Respond
15 Sep 2013
S Patrick Nugent: I'd like to see how she would do in Sweet Charity!
The musical by Cy Coleman, Dorothy Fields and Neil Simon first premiered in 1966 at the Palace Theatre. Gwen Verdon originated the role of world-weary New York taxi dancer Charity. The musical includes such songs as "Big Spender," "If They Could See Me Now," "I'm a Brass Band" and "I Love to Cry At Weddings." It has been revived in 1986 and 2005.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.