The Reinhardt Theatre department opens the musical “Sweet Charity” on Sept. 23 in the University Theater.
“Sweet Charity” is set in the 1960s and tells the story of Charity Hope Valentine and the misadventures of her love life as she works as a dance hall hostess in New York City.
“We try to perform at least one classical musical each season, and for this year we chose ‘Sweet Charity,'" said Director Morgan Brooks, technical and operations manager of the Reinhardt Theater. ”This show is a good fit for our talent pool this year. We feature the many strong women in our program with this production.”
The cast is led by senior Anna Snider as Charity, senior Jalyn Bentley as Helene, senior Gabrielle Myers as Nickie, sophomore Casey Thomas as Oscar, and sophomore Charlie Rice as Vittorio.
“The cast is so talented,” said Bentley.
There are “many new faces in the show that absolutely need to be seen," Myers said.
“Sweet Charity” was written by Neil Simon with a score by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. The original Broadway production was directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
As a nod to Fosse, Brooks says, “Jamie Trial, our dance instructor and choreographer, has created difficult pieces for the students inspired by Fosse’s original choreography. The students are really taking to it and having a lot of fun.”
Rice described the show as “charming and funny,” and Thomas said he believes the show “offers something for everyone."
"The cast and crew worked diligently to create a great show, and had so much fun with the process," Thomas said. "The music, the choreography, and the acting are all fantastic. Audiences will enjoy it!”
“Sweet Charity” runs Sept. 23 – 25 and Sept. 30 – Oct. 2 at the University Theater. Friday and Saturday shows start at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows start at 3 p.m.