‘Charity’ star sits it out with broken foot

Applegate out after an injury

Christina Applegate broke her foot during Friday’s performance of “Sweet Charity” at Chi’s Cadillac Palace Theater. The accident took place at the top of the show, and Applegate was forced to withdraw after 20 minutes. Her understudy, Dylis Croman, finished the perf.

Applegate’s accident jeopardizes the Broadway-bound revival of “Sweet Charity,” which is set to preview and open in Gotham next month.

“Miss Applegate’s doctors are optimistic that she will be able to return to the show in time for the first preview performance at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on April 4,” the producers said in a statement. Opening night has been announced for April 21. Tuner marks Applegate’s Broadway debut.

Croman played all weekend performances of “Sweet Charity” in Chicago. Charlotte d’Amboise, now performing on Broadway in “Chicago,” will assume the title role for the production’s Boston stint March 18-27.

A rep for the show confirmed Applegate’s foot was broken rather than injured. That makes it unlikely that the actress would be able to perform the show’s strenuous dances, based on the choreography of Bob Fosse, in less than six weeks. Wayne Cilento is choreographer of the revival.

It is not known if the show’s producers, Barry and Fran Weissler and Clear Channel Entertainment, carry star insurance on Applegate. The Weisslers’ last Broadway revival, “Wonderful Town,” did not have insurance on its star, Donna Murphy, who missed several previews due to illness.

“Sweet Charity” is directed by Walter Bobbie.

The original production opened in 1966 with Gwen Verdon in the title role. Tuner is by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields.

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