The “Sweet Charity” producers make it official: The 2005 Broadway revival, starring Christina Applegate and Denis O’Hare, opens April 21 at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. Previews begin April 4.
Under the direction of Walter Bobbie, “Sweet Charity” plays out-of-town engagements in Minneapolis, Chi and Boston prior to Gotham. Other creatives on the project include Wayne Cilento (choreography), Scott Pask (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), Gordon Lowry Harrell (music direction) and Don Sebesky (orchestrations).
“Sweet Charity” preemed in 1966 with Gwen Verdon in the title role of the hapless, good-natured dancehall hostess. Debbie Allen starred in the 1986 revival.
Producers are Barry and Fran Weissler and Clear Channel Entertainment. They promise a slightly different “Sweet Charity.” The Cy Coleman/Dorothy Fields song “Charity’s Soliloquy,” heard in the original 1966 production but cut in subsequent productions and the film, returns to the first act.
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“If There Were More People Like You,” a Coleman/Fields song written for an unproduced musical, replaces “I Love to Cry at Weddings” late in the show.
Additionally, book writer Neil Simon has made alterations to the book, adding a surprise twist to the show’s finale.