|SWEET CHARITY - July 2001
ADAPTED from Nights of Cabiria, a film by Federico Fellini, Sweet Charity tells the story of an optimistic young woman, Charity, who not only wears her heart on her sleeve, she's had it tattooed to her arm.
As the play begins, Charity finds herself dumped by the married man on whom she had pinned all her hopes and dreams, and she vows never again to be taken advantage of by a man.
But Charity is too trusting and soon finds herself involved with an Italian movie star. The actor, however, is no better than the other men Charity has dated, and once again she finds herself jilted and alone.
The next night, however, as fate would have it, she finds herself trapped in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant who soon sweeps Charity off her feet. Soon it becomes clear that this man is different. That he actually wants to marry her. But will he still feel the same way when he finds out that Charity works at the Fan-Dango as a dance hall hostess?
Music by Cy Coleman. Lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Choreography Bob Fosse. Book by Neil Simon. Film Sweet Charity (1969) starring Shirley MacLaine.