Artistic Director Michael Halberstam gives Charity reasons to sing and dance on the gritty streets of New York, and Musical Director Doug Peck re-imagines the score for a live jazz combo.
- Writers’ Theatre has produced its fifth musical with Sweet Charity. Previously, the company produced A Minister’s Wife, which Michael Halberstam later directed at Lincoln Center Theatre; She Loves Me, featuring Jessie Mueller; A Little Night Music and Oh Coward!
- With the exception of Adam Estes, who worked with Writers’ on A Minister’s Wife, the cast is new to Writers’ Theatre. Writers’ is thrilled to have an opportunity to work with these talented artists for the first time.
- Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini’s 1957 Italian romantic drama film Nights of Cabiria, premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards. The continuing popularity of the musical inspired Broadway revivals in both 1986 (when it won 4 out of the 5 Tony Awards it was nominated for) and 2005 (nominated for three Tony Awards).
- The American film adaptation premiered in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist. Bob Fosse directed and choreographed this film.