HELLO THERE THEATRE GEEKS. It’s time to once again to wake up as we continue our Top 30 Tony Awards countdown. Broadway’s biggest night is only 19 days away.
At #19 on our a countdown is a musical about a dancer who is wanted to be love. We of course are talking about Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields?classic SWEET CHARITY. It was also co-written by Neil Simon.
From the 2005 telecast, Christina Applegate and the cast of that same year’s revival perform a medley of some of the show’s iconic songs including HEY BIG SPENDER, IF MY FRIENDS COULD SEE ME NOW, and I’M A BRASS BAND.
SWEET CHARITY first premiered in Detroit, Michigan at the Fisher’s Theatre in 1966 before heading on to Broadway at the Palace Theatre in 1967 starring Gwen Verdon playing 618 performances. It was nominated for 9 Tony Awards later that year winning only 1 for Best Choreography (for?Bob Fosse). It would later be revived twice in NYC. The first revival happened In 1987 at the Minskoff Theatre starring Debbie Allen which played 384 performances. In addition, the first revival was nominated for 5 Tonys that year winning 4 including Best Revival of a Musical. The most recent revival happened in 2005 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre starring Christina Applegate running for 279 performances. Plus, it was nominated for 3 Tonys that year including (again) for Best Revival of A Musical but lost all of it’s categories. In addition, pop singer Britney Spears almost decided to replace Applegate in the last revival but decides not to after having just had the baby. THIS ACTUALLY DID HAPPEN! Coming up this fall in honor of the musical’s 50th Anniversary, SWEET CHARITY will return to the New York stage with an OFF BROADWAY revival with The New Group company starring 2 time Tony winner Sutton Foster. Set to begin performances at the Signature Center in November.
Doesn’t this musical make YOU WANNA HAVE FUN, FUN, FUN?!