Enjoy the arts? Come out and support the drama students of Morristown High School’s theatre in their production of ‘Sweet Charity.’
Opening night: Friday, March 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm.
Sweet Charity will also be available to be apart of, on Saturday, March 24th at 7:30 pm, and Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 pm.
Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the shoe, or ahead of time by calling (973) 292-3733 (or any other information you may need).
Sweet Charity is a musical that was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse, starring his wife and muse, Gwen Verdon, alongside John McMartin.
With music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Sweet Charity is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay of ‘Nights of Cairia.’ However, while Fellini’s black-and-white Italian film concerns the romatic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prositute, in Sweet Charity, the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square Dance Hall.
Sweet Charity first premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for twelve Tony Awards, and also had revivals and international productions.
This musical adapted for the screen in 1969, with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist.
For the book lovers, Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, can be found at any local bookstore.
Summary of Act 1:
Charity Hope Valentine, the girl who wants to be loved, wears a shoulder bag and a heart tattoo on her left arm. She is a taxi dancer at a dance hall called Fandango Ballroom in NYC and her boyfriend Charlie, who she meets in Central Park, isn’t around for the long run, unless you count the name of her tattoo. (“You Should See Yourself”)
Charity imagines Charlie as everything she wants a man to be; but in reality, he’s far from. Charity almost drowns after an abrupt push into the lake, while passerbys do nothing.
Nicki and Helene, Charity’s closest friends at the Fandango Ballroom, tell her that she runs her heart like a hotel — “you’ve always got people checking in and checking out.” (“Big Spender & at the end of the scene, “Charity’s Soliloquy.”)
Herman, who you also experience before the scene ends, is the authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom (Charity’s boss).
After work, Charity gives her spare change to every beggar who approaches her until she has no money left. Then, a famous Italian movie star, Vittorio Vidal, rushes out of the Pompeii Club, in pursuit of his mistress, Ursula March. After an argument between the two and no movement from Ursula, Vidal takes the too-willing Charity back inside with him.
There is an important scene for Charity that goes on inside of the Pompeii Club, but you must attend the MHS Theatre Production of Sweet Charity to find out.
Fact: a favorite expression of Charity’s is “the fickle finger of fate.”
In the next scene, Vidal is struck by her humor and honesty, while Charity is starstuck by “good fortune (“If My Friends Could See Me Now”).” Shoved into a closest, Charity watches through a small crack at Vidal and Ursula’s lovemaking, until the next morning, when the escort girls are disappointed to find that Charit failed to get more out of Vidal.
(“There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.”)
Charity seeks out cultural enlightenment from YMHA on 92nd street, where she gets stuck in an elevator with Oscar Lindquist, a man whom Charity befriends and eventually falls in love with. (“I’m the Bravest Individual.”)
Summary of Act 2:
Finally rescued, Oscar and Charity walk under the Manhattan Bridge to attend ‘The Rhythm of Life Church,’ which turns out to be a thin veneer of hippie culture (“The Rhythm of Life.”)
Oscar asks Charity out and lies spurr (“Sweet Charity.”).
Again, some amazing moments conspire between Charity and Oscar; moments that only watching the drama students of MHS perform, can give you.
(“Where Am I Going?”)
Charity comes clean to Oscar after a turning point in her life, and admits that she is a dance hall hostess. Oscar wants to marry Charity. (“I’m A Brass Band.”)
(Keep a keen eye out for what is printed on the suitcase.)
(“I Love to Cry at Weddings.”)
“Did you ever have one of those days?” (And on a second though, “men, *shakes head*.”)
And so she lived…hopefully…ever after.
Please attend the production on stage at Morristown High School, to live the story.
See you there!