Sweet Charity, Starring Sutton Foster, Extends Run
The New Group has announced a second extension for its off-Broadway revival of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. Performances will now run through December 30 at the Pershing Square Signature Center — one week beyond its previously extended closing date of December 23. Performances will begin November 2 in advance of a November 20 opening.
Sweet Charity will be directed by Leigh Silverman, with choreography by Joshua Bergasse. In addition to Foster, who takes on the title role, the cast will include Asmeret Ghebremichael (The Book of Mormon) as Nickie, Tony winner Shuler Hensley (Waiting for Godot) as Oscar, Sasha Hutchings (Hamilton) as Rosie/Ensemble, Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Women on the Verge…) as Ursula/Ensemble, Emily Padgett (Bright Star) as Helene, and Joel Perez (Fun Home) as Herman/Vittorio/Daddy Brubeck. The ensemble will also include Yesenia Ayala, Darius Barnes, Cody Williams, Donald Jones, Jr., and James Brown III, with Lori Ann Ferreri and Ryan Worsing as swings.
Featuring a book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, the show is timed to the 50th anniversary of the classic musical. The story follows Charity Hope Valentine (Foster), the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water.
The New Group production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Jeff Croiter, sound design by Leon Rothenberg, orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell, and music direction by Georgia Stitt.