This forty-year old classic musical is a delight with powerhouese performances by the entire cast-especially all of the supporting players Certainly, Britney Spears tabloid lifestyle would sell tickets, but there is nothing more absurd than thinking that she is right for the role of Charity Hope Valentine. While Broadway is commerical endeavor, it is an artisitc one as well. Charlotte D'ambiose or Karen Ziemba would make ideal choices to further this Gwen Verdon vehicle into the theater history books. It gets worse: the producers Barry and Fran Wiesler are considering adding Britney's husband, Kevin Federline to the cast as well. All of this "news" belong in Dr. Sanity's carnival of the insanities! Here are some great links. Please say it ain't so.............
Check out this article at Playbill.com. More news from Playbill.
Blogway Baby is one heck of a Broadway blogger.
The New York Post Article that started it all. Broadway World offers the usual complete coverage.
Here is my Review of SWEET CHARITY from this past July:
If "Rich Man's Frug" was the creme and the froth of Act I, "The Rythmn of Life" matched this energy and style in the second act. It was an amzing number with the emotion of a great revival meeting, the voice of a great WIZ, the dancing genuis of Bob Fosse, and the unbridled energy of 1966 all ensonced in one miraculous show-stopping moment. When the black character who sings the lead on "Rhythm of Life" opened his full-throated, big black man sound, there was a house quaking moment rarely felt on Broadway today. It was AMAZING! I had no idea of the total concept of "Rhythm of Life." This number must have revolutionized Broadway in 1966, even if this revival took some creative liberties in making this number fresh for 2005!! I wanted to stand up and cheer for fifteen minutes after both "Rich Man's Frug," and "The Rythmn of Life."
It was certainly my privelage to see this classic of Broadway. I wish I could attend again just to catch more of the show. The book by Neil Simon is echanting. I am sure that it pushed the broadway musical forward in 1966 with its' unhappy ending, and the sadness of Charity's life. it is amazing to think that when this show first appeared on Broadway, Hello Dolly was in its' original run, along with Funny Girl and Fiddler on the Roof. Sweet Charity really deserves its' place along side those great originals-it is simply a different genre.