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Santino Fontana, Rachel Bay Jones, and More Star in Sweet Charity: In Concert

The Neil Simon-Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields musical is Transport Group’s Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series selection this year.

Santino Fontana will be part of the cast of Transport Group's Sweet Charity: In Concert.
Santino Fontana will be part of the cast of Transport Group's Sweet Charity: In Concert.
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Transport Group has announced initial casting for Sweet Charity: In Concert, part of this season's Anne L. Bernstein Concert Series, taking place Monday, June 17, at the Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center.

The concert will feature Lauren Blackman (Anastasia), John Cariani (The Band's Visit), Matt Castle (Camelot), Santino Fontana (Tootsie), Jessica Lee Goldyn (A Chorus Line), Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen), Julie Klausner (Difficult People), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Sweet Charity), Beth Malone (Fun Home), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels), Paolo Montalban (Benny and Joon), Anne L. Nathan (Once), Scarlett Strallen (Travesties), Natalie Toro (A Tale of Two Cities), Alysha Umphress (On the Town), Jacob Keith Watson (Hello, Dolly!), and Kate Wetherhead (The Other Josh Cohen). Veteran Fosse dancer Dana Moore will host the evening. Additional casting will be released soon.

The evening will also feature select reconstruction of original choreography by Bob Fosse, sanctioned by the Verdon Fosse Legacy, performed by Caitlin Abraham (An American in Paris), Lauren Blackman (Anastasia), Alyssa Epstein (Rockettes), Cajai Fellows Johnson (The Lion King), Julia Harnett, Naomi Kakuk (The Beast in the Jungle), Emily Grace Kersey (Bullets Over Broadway), Kenna Morris Garcia (Memphis), Kaylee Olson, and Anna Schnaitter (Pippin).

The company's artistic director, Jack Cummings III, will direct the concert, with music direction by Joey Chancey, and featuring a 23-piece orchestra performing the show's original Broadway orchestrations.

Based on Federico Fellini's Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity centers on Charity's life as a dance hall hostess "with a heart of gold," determined to break out of the Fan-Dango Ballroom. The 1966 musical includes a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Dorothy Fields.