Christina Applegate Debuts as Charity in Broadway's Sweet Charity April 18

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Christina Applegate will give her first New York performance in Sweet Charity—and her first turn in the show since breaking a foot in Chicago a month ago—at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 18.

Christina Applegate
Christina Applegate

After an extremely bumpy road tour, the on-again, off-again revival started previews at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre on April 11. Theatregoers had a week to see the Charity of Charlotte d'Amboise, who played the lead during the show's Boston stint after Applegate's injury.

Applegate has worked very hard to get to this point. She not only moved to New York to take the job—her first big stage role—but endured two out-of-town tryouts in Minneapolis and Chicago, and a month of healing and physical therapy after the accident. She also reportedly came up with some of the additional money which kept the show on track after producer Barry Weissler briefly announced that Charity would end its life in Boston.

Applegate's co-stars include Denis O'Hare as Oscar, the Helen and Nickie of Kyra DaCosta and Janine LaManna, and Ernie Sabella as Herman.

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), Gordon Lowry Harrell (music director) and Don Sebesky (orchestrator).

* It's been a strange trip to Broadway for this revival. Producers, citing "weak sales on the road and in New York," and reportedly worried by poor reviews in Boston, announced March 25 that the revival would close with its final performance in Boston March 27. The show was originally to have begun previews at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre April 4 and officially open on Broadway April 21.

However, the show was back on as of March 30. Barry Weissler said in a statement at the time: "I spent the weekend on the telephone with Christina Applegate who made a passionate and compelling case for moving forward with our Broadway plans. Her doctor also confirmed this morning that she will be ready and able to resume performances on April 18th. I have approached my partners on the show and we have all agreed to put up the additional funds necessary to accommodate this new schedule." Several publications have since indicated that some of that money was raised by Applegate herself.

Charlotte d'Amboise was standby to original star Christina Applegate. Applegate broke her foot during the March 11 performance in Chicago, two days before that second of three out-of-town engagements ended at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Understudy Dylis Croman stepped in March 11-13. Soon after, it was announced that the show would arrive in Boston with Tony Award nominee d'Amboise in the title role March 18-27, at the Colonial Theatre.

Also joining the cast in Boston were Kyra DaCosta and Janine LaManna as Helen and Nickie. The two thespians were brought in to replace Solange Sandy and Natascia Diaz, respectively, shortly after the Chicago run wrapped up. They play Charity's best pals.

Boston was the third and last pre-Broadway tryout town for the Walter Bobbie-directed musical. The show spent Feb. 8-20 in Minneapolis, and then moved on to Chicago on Feb. 24.

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