Applegate tuner back on the burner
NEW YORK — “Sweet Charity” gives new meaning to the word “revival.”
After producers canceled its Broadway run and shuttered the show in Boston on Sunday, the much-troubled production is now back on the burner.
“Sweet Charity” begins previews April 18 and will open with its original star, Christina Applegate, at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on May 4. It is the last day a show can open to qualify for this season’s Tony noms. Charlotte d’Amboise, who replaced the injured star in Boston, will perform the first six days of previews in Gotham.
Why the turnaround? Producer Barry Weissler could teach David Merrick and Flo Ziegfeld how to work the publicity fires.
In a written statement issued Tuesday, Weissler revealed, “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 18. 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. I guess the only thing left for me to do is ask everyone to please refrain from using the old showbiz adage, ‘Break a leg!’ ”
Applegate broke her foot during the show’s Chicago engagement prior to the Boston tryout.
After the accident, which took place onstage March 11, Weissler replaced Applegate with her standby, d’Amboise, who has been headlining Weissler’s current Broadway production of “Chicago.” The Boston reviews were mixed, however, and Weissler canceled the Broadway run, citing poor box office.
But that was last week.
Weissler’s partners on “Sweet Charity” are Clear Channel and his wife, Fran.