Sweet Charity

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Luckiest Productions & Neil Gooding Productions
In association with Hayes Theatre Co

Directed by Dean Bryant

Choreography by Andrew Hallsworth
Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys


The first show at the Hayes Theatre Co was an up-close and personal production of the classic musical Sweet Charity,
produced by Luckiest Productions and Neil Gooding Productions. Sweet Charity played at the Hayes Theatre Co from 7 February - 9 March 2014

If you believe in something hard enough, then eventually it has to come true, right?; Charity Hope Valentine is the eternal optimist - a worldview that puts her distinctly at odds with her co-workers in a seedy, run-down dance hall.; Dancing with man after man to pay her rent, she dreams of finally being whisked out of there and rescued by love.; But can Charity wish her way into making love come true?

Sweet Charity was directed by Green Room Award winner Dean Bryant, and boasted an extraordinary list of musical theatre stars led by Verity Hunt-Ballard, who won the 2011 Helpmann Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her star-making role as Mary Poppins. Other cast members include Helpmann nominees Martin Crewes (Dr Zhivago), and Debora Krizak (A Chorus Line), with Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys, choreography by Andrew Hallsworth, and costume and wig design by Academy Award and Tony winner Tim Chappel.

Debuting on Broadway in 1966, Sweet Charity was a collaboration between some of Broadway's most spectacular talents. Cy Coleman's music effortlessly captures the rhythms and sounds, and Dorothy Fields lyrics the vernacular and fascination of the underground scene, in iconic musical numbers such as Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, and There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This. Neil Simon's razor-sharp script lifts the veil on the exquisite agony of living on the under-side of life. The legendary Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the original production, and was largely responsible for the musical's distinctive and lasting identity.

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"I'm motivated by the iconic score of Sweet Charity contrasted against the milieu it depicts: marginalised women wanting better lives. ;Where better to explore this world than a jewel box theatre on the fringes of Kings Cross?" said director, Dean Bryant

Created by the legendary Broadway performer Gwen Verdon, the role of Charity has been played by many and varied actress including Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 film.  Nancye Hayes – after whom the Hayes Theatre Co is named - played Charity in the original 1967 Australian production. Since then, Kelly Abbey and Sharon Millerchip have played Charity in subsequent Australian productions in 1998 and 2007. 

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"Hayes Theatre Co was named in tribute to Nancye Hayes, and so it's fitting that we launch our new venue with a show that she is associated with so closely. Verity Hunt-Ballard is perfectly cast in the iconic title role, and the incredible artistic team have thrilling plans for this very special piece," said David Campbell, Hayes Theatre Co.

Sweet Charity was produced by Luckiest Productions , which is managed by David Campbell, Lisa Campbell & Richard Carroll with credits including Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2009-11 and An Evening With Megan Mullally. Neil Gooding Productions The Hatpin, Lovebites, Gutenberg! The Musical. In association with Hayes Theatre Co.

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman;
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, TullioPinelli and EnnioPlaiano
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse

Costume & Wig Design by Tim Chappel
Set Design by Owen Phillips
Lighting Design by Ross Graham

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