REVIEW ROUNDUP: “Sweet Charity” Opened with a ShowScore of 83

Show-Score | Nov 21, 2016
“Sweet Charity,” with songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, a book by Neil Simon, and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on November 20, 2016 in New York City. “Sweet Charity,” with songs by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields, a book by Neil Simon, and directed by Leigh Silverman, opened on November 20, 2016 in New York City.


17 critics reviewed the show, resulting in a weighted average of 78.

Ben Brantley
The New York Times
ShowScore: 70
"Foster makes the role of Charity so completely and convincingly her own, even if the production in which she appears rarely offers her support to match. (The exception is a wonderfully sadsack Shuler Hensley.)...The overall production exists principally as a serviceable frame for Ms. Foster’s portraiture. Mr. Bergasse is less assured doing Fosse. Though he has come up with some affecting choreography for Charity, should-be showstoppers lack satiric oomph."
Zachary Stewart
ShowScore: 85
"This intimate mounting seamlessly welds comedy to tragedy with the help of one of the musical theater's great leading ladies, Sutton Foster...The production benefits from a stellar supporting cast...Everyone in the small ensemble takes on several parts with committed vigor...Not everyone will be pleased with some of Silverman's choices, especially musical purists...Still, Silverman strikes at the story's essence in this scaled-down revival starring a first-rate actress who really gets it."
Adam Feldman
Time Out New York
ShowScore: 70
"There’s an argument to be made for this approach, but it would require a darker and more specific production than the rest of what director Leigh Silverman has assembled...Yet there’s much to enjoy in this 'Sweet Charity,' starting with the musical itself. The songs are top-notch; Neil Simon’s book still earns laughs. And Foster’s will-to-spunkiness is a terrific match for Charity. But if this revival has a future, it should fill out to meet its ambitions."

“Sweet Charity” was also reviewed by Melissa Rose Bernardo of Entertainment Weekly, Robin Riegelhaupt of Reviewing The Drama, Steven Ross of Front Mezz Junkies, Max McGuinness of Financial Times (UK), Elyse Sommer of CurtainUp, Brian Scott Lipton of CitiTour, Robert Hofler of The Wrap, Matthew Murray of Talkin' Broadway, Jonathan Mandell of DC Theatre Scene, Steven Suskin of The Huffington Post, Jeremy Gerard of Deadline, Robert Kahn of WNBC, Jesse Green of New York Magazine / Vulture, and David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter.


The show was also reviewed by 60 Show-Score members, whose collective ShowScore is a weighted average of 85.

Top five adjectives describing the show:
Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

jane 6048, ShowScore: 85
See it if…"For Sutton Foster, she's wonderful. For Shuler Hensley, such a gorgeous voice and perfect in the role." 
Don't see it if…"You don't like musicals."
To see or not to see, ShowScore: 90
See it if…"You want to see a stunning performance by Sutton Foster. She is amazing and the intimate seating makes the show very special." 
Don't see it if…"You are expecting a large-scale musical. The acting is great, but 12 actors play 30 parts, and a talented, six-piece band plays the music."
DD, ShowScore: 92
See it if…"You enjoy this classic musical done with a slightly modern take starring the amazing Sutton Foster and a top-notch supporting cast."
Don't see it if…"You are looking for a nontraditional modern musical full of pop score numbers."

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