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Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, is a musical directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon. This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Le Notte di Cabiria or Nights of Cabiria is a 1957 film directed by Federico Fellini. ... Musical theater (or theatre) is a form of theatre combining music, songs, dance, and spoken dialogue. ... Bob Fosse, early promotional image Bob Fosse (June 23, 1927 – September 23, 1987) was a musical theater choreographer and director. ... Cy Coleman (June 14, 1929 - November 18, 2004) was an American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist. ... Dorothy Fields was immortalised on a USPS postage stamp. ... Neil Simon (1966) Neil Simon (born Marvin Neil Simon July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City), is a Jewish American playwright and screenwriter. ...

The original Broadway production opened on January 29, 1966 at the Palace Theatre, and ran for 608 performances. It starred Gwen Verdon, John McMartin, Helen Gallagher, Thelma Oliver, James Luisi, Arnold Soboloff, and Sharon Ritchie. The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning only one, for Fosse's choreography. The show had a London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1967. The Palace Theatre, circa 1920. ... Gwen Evelyn Verdon (January 13, 1925 in Culver City, California – October 18, 2000 in Woodstock, Vermont) was an acclaimed Tony Award winning American dancer and actress. ... John McMartin is an American actor, born in Warsaw, Indiana and raised in Minnesota. ... Helen Gallagher (born July 19, 1926 in New York City) is an American actress, dancer and singer. ... James Luisi (November 11, 1928 - June 7, 2002) was an American television actor. ... Sharon Ritchie (born c. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... The Prince of Wales Theatre is a theatre located on Coventry Street, London. ...

The 1969 film version, Sweet Charity, also directed and choreographed by Fosse, starred Shirley MacLaine and McMartin, recreating his original Broadway role. The movie also included Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbara Bouchet, Suzanne Charney, Alan Hewitt, Dante DiPaolo, Bud Vest, Ben Vereen, Lee Roy Reams, and Al Lanti. The movie was notable for costumes by Edith Head and of course its dance sequences (notably The Rich Man's Frug). Shirley MacLaine (born Shirley MacLean Beaty April 24, 1934) is an Academy Award-winning American film and theatre actress, well-known not only for her acting, but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... A Dancers Life poster Chita Rivera (born January 23, 1933) is a Tony Award-winning American actress, dancer, and singer known for her musical theater roles. ... Paula Kelly (born October 21, 1943 in Jacksonville, Florida) is an Emmy Award-nominated African-American dancer and actress in motion pictures and television. ... Stubby Kaye (November 11, 1918 – December 14, 1997), born Bernard Kotzin in New York, New York, was an American comic actor. ... Barbara Bouchet, born Barbara Goutscher on August 15, 1943 in Reichenberg, (now Liberec), Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic]. She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes. ... Ricardo Montalban (born November 25, 1920 in Mexico City) is a television and film actor. ... This article is about the entertainer. ... Barbara Bouchet, born Barbara Goutscher on August 15, 1943 in Reichenberg, (now Liberec), Sudetenland, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic]. She has acted in more than 80 films and television episodes. ... Suzanne Charney (or Charny) (born 1944?[1]) is an actress and dancer. ... Ben Vereen (born October 10, 1946) is an American actor. ... On the cover of Cabaret Scenes, April 1999 Lee Roy Reams (born August 23, 1942) is an American musical theatre actor, choreographer, and director. ... Edith Head on the cover of the book The Life and Times of Edith Head by David Chierichetti Edith Head (October 28, 1897 – October 24, 1981) was an American costume designer who had a long career in Hollywood that garnered her more Academy Awards than any other woman in history. ...

The show was revived on Broadway in 1986 (starring Debbie Allen as Charity) and won four Tony Awards for Best Revival, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Rupert), Best Featured Actress in a Musical (Bebe Neuwirth), and Best Costume Design (Patricia Zipprodt). Debbie Allen (born Deborrah Kaye Allen on January 16, 1950 in Houston, Texas) is an American actor, choreographer, film director, television producer and a member of the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities. ... Bebe Neuwirth Beatrice Bebe Neuwirth (born December 31, 1958) is an American theater, television, and film actress. ...

A second revival, starring television and film star Christina Applegate, opened on Broadway at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on May 4, 2005, after a troubled three-city preview tour. Applegate broke her foot in Chicago, the second stop on the tour, and was replaced by her standby, Charlotte d'Amboise. Then, after the final leg of the tour in Boston, the producers announced the production would not be continuing to the Great White Way, citing lack of interest. However, two days later, the Broadway engagement was re-born after Applegate convinced the producers to continue. A week into previews, Applegate rejoined the cast, which also included Denis O'Hare and Ernie Sabella. The show was nominated for many Tony awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Applegate. (Reportedly, pop icon Britney Spears was asked to replace Applegate when her contract expired, but declined the offer.) The show ended its Broadway run on December 31, 2005, after playing 279 performances. Christina Applegate (born November 25, 1971) is an American Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated actress, particularly well-known for playing Kelly Bundy on the Fox television network sitcom Married. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... The Al Hirchfeld Theatre, 2006. ... May 4 is the 124th day of the year (125th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook & DuPage Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... Charlotte dAmboise (May 11, 1964) is a professional dancer and actor on the stage, in movies, and on television. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... Denis OHare (born January 17, 1962 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA) is a Tony Award-winning actor. ... Ernie Sabella (born September 19, 1949) has been an actor on Broadway, television and film since the late 1970s. ... Britney Jean Spears (born December 2, 1981) is a Grammy Award-winning[1] American pop singer, dancer, actress, author and songwriter. ...

A national tour of the recent Broadway revival began in September 2006 starring Molly Ringwald as Charity Hope Valentine. Molly K. Ringwald (born February 18, 1968) is an American actress, singer, and dancer. ...


Plot summary

Act 1

As the last bold, brass chords of the overture die away, a spotlight picks out a girl with a shoulder bag and a heart tattooed on her left arm. Charity Hope Valentine is meeting her boyfriend in the park. While she tells him how great he's looking, the silent Charlie preens himself. Then he grabs her bag, pushes her into the lake and runs off. The passers-by discuss the apparent drowning but do nothing, until a young Spaniard finally hauls Charity out and the police arrive, asking questions. Overture (French ouverture, meaning opening) in music is the instrumental introduction to a dramatic, choral or, occasionally, instrumental composition. ... Spotlight can refer to: SpotLight - a diagnostic application developed by CaseBank Technologies Spotlight - a search technology integrated into the Mac OS X operating system The Spotlight a weekly US newspaper, now out of print In theatre, a spotlight is a particular type of stage lighting which can be used to...

An electric sign lights up, announcing 'The Fan-Dango Ballroom', where Charity works as a taxi-dancer. In the Hostess Room, Charity explains to the skeptical girls how Charlie tried to save her - 'He made a grab for me but all he got was my handbag.' The manager, Herman, arrives to tell them it's time for work. A taxi dancer is a professional dance partner in one of many forms of partner dance. ...

A railing rises across the front of the stage, and we are in the seedy Ballroom. The girls drape themselves over the rail and proposition the audience. Helene and Nickie try to comfort Charity about Charlie's absence.

On a New York street, after work, Charity gives to every beggar who approaches her until she realizes she has no money. Just then, film star Vittorio Vidal rushes out of the smart Pompeii Club, in pursuit of his beautiful mistress, Ursula. He bowls Charity over in more ways than one. Ursula refuses to go back inside with Vittorio, who promptly takes the only-too-willing Charity instead. NY redirects here. ...

Inside the Pompeii Club, the dancers are dancing the latest craze - The Rich Man's Frug. To everyone's astonishment, Charity sits down with the famous Vittorio Vidal. She tries to steer him away from the subject of Ursula and, finally, he wants to dance. Not having eaten since breakfast, Charity faints. There is general agreement amongst the dancers that she needs to be 'laid down'. 'But where?' asks Vittorio. Charity opens her eyes, 'Your apartment!' Herd behaviour is the term used to describe situations in which the individuals of any particular group react coherently. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Lying down on Vittorio's bed, Charity suddenly isn't hungry any more. She admits she's a dance hall hostess, putting it down to 'the fickle finger of fate' - a favorite expression of hers. Vittorio is struck by her humor and honesty. Totally starstruck, Charity asks for a signed photograph to prove to the girls she was really in his apartment. While Vittorio fetches props from his old movies for further evidence, Charity sings excitedly one of the show-stopping numbers, "If My Friends Could See Me Now". Then Ursula arrives to apologise for her jealousy. Charity is swiftly bundled into a closet before Vittorio opens the door to his fiancée.

The scene switches to farce. Vittorio sings romantically to Ursula while passing a beer to the closet-hidden Charity. Puffing a cigarette, she watches through the keyhole as Vittorio and Ursula make love. 'Gee,' says Charity, impressed, '... talk about your foreign movies!'

In the Hostess Room, the following night, the girls are disgusted that Charity didn't get more out of Vittorio. Nickie says she's not going to stick this crummy job for the rest of her life but Herman brings them back to down to earth.

An electric light announces Charity's 'Big Decision'. She's going to get some culture from the YMCA on 92nd Street. This article is about the association. ...

At the Y, Charity gets stuck in the elevator with shy, panicky tax accountant, Oscar Lindquist. While trying to calm him down, Charity finds out he isn't married. 'Oh, Oscar,' she declares. 'You're gonna be all right.' The lights go out and Act One ends with them yelling for help.HI HI HI

Act 2

Act Two finds them still in the elevator, but not for long. Finally released, Oscar invites Charity to go to church with him. It turns out to be The Rhythm Of Life Church, which is holding its unorthodox meeting in an underground parking garage.

A police raid breaks up the meeting. Afterwards, Oscar proposes another date. On the subway home, he tries to guess Charity's job - it's in a bank. Unlike with Vittorio, Charity lies: You guessed it. First National City, Williamsburg Branch. As they part, another sign lights up 'The First Kiss'. Oscar kisses her hand, and dubs her 'Sweet Charity'.

Two weeks later, Oscar and Charity are still seeing each other and she still hasn't told him what she actually does for a living. Out at Coney Island Amusement Park they get trapped again - this time on the parachute jump. But now he is the calm one and she is scared - scared that she is starting to depend on him. Once again, Charity loses her nerve about telling him what her real job is. It's far too pleasant just listening to Oscar, who has turned manly and protective since meeting her. As the crowd look on, the couple kiss. For other uses, see Coney Island (disambiguation). ...

On a slow night at the Fan-Dango, Charity is beaten to one of the few customers by the new girl. Finally disgusted by the whole business, she quits. But in Times Square she wonders what the alternative is. Times Square Broadway at 42nd St. ...

At Barney's Chile Hacienda, Charity meets Oscar to have it out. She admits that she's a dance hall hostess. But he knows. He followed her one night and watched for an hour. He doesn't care and wants to marry her. Charity leaves on cloud nine and packs a suitcase on which is printed 'Almost Married'.

After a farewell party at the Ballroom Charity and Oscar walk in the park when Oscar drops the bombshell. He can't marry her. He's been thinking about the men before him. 'Marry me and I'll destroy you, Charity,' he says. 'That's okay,' says Charity, 'I'm not doing much now, anyway.' Urging her to run away, Oscar pushes her into the lake. Then he leaves.

Charity emerges. 'Did you ever have one of those days?' she asks the audience. But at least she still has her bag. She is just thinking that maybe things are looking up when, right on cue, the Good Fairy appears. 'Dreams will come true tonight!' she promises, scattering stardust. She turns to go. On her back is a sign saying: 'Watch "The Good Fairy" Tonight ... 8 o'clock ... CBS.' Charity shrugs, and begins to dance, alone again as at the start. Three neon signs appear in turn, reading: 'And So She Lived' ... 'Hopefully' ... 'Ever After'.

Musical Numbers

"Charity's Theme"
"You Should See Yourself"
"Big Spender"
"Charity's Soliloquy"
"Rich Man's Frug"
"If My Friends Could See Me Now"
"Too Many Tomorrows"
"There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This"
"I'm The Bravest Individual"
"The Rhythm Of Life"
"Baby, Dream Your Dream"
"Sweet Charity"
"Where Am I Going?"
"I'm A Brass Band"
"I Love To Cry At Weddings"
Big Spender is a song written by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields for the musical play Sweet Charity. ...

External links

  • Sweet Charity musical information
  • IMDb entry for Sweet Charity (1969)
  • Sweet Charity starring Molly Ringwald
  • The website for a one-off production of Sweet Charity in London, hosted by Gail Porter

  Results from FactBites:
Sweet Charity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (384 words)
Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, is a 1966 musical show directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Sweet Charity tells the story of an optimistic young woman named Charity Hope Valentine, who works as a taxi dancer in a disreputable establishment, the Fandango Ballroom.
Sweet Charity was nominated for a total of 12 Tony Awards.
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