Sweet Charity
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Sweet Charity
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Sweet Charity NYC Reviews and Tickets

85%
(251 Reviews)
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95%
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Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

About the Show

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster stars in The New Group's revival of this classic musical about a sassy yet naive dance hall hostess whose overeager embrace of every man she meets lands her in hot water.

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876 Reviews | 906 Followers
82
Great acting, Great singing, Fun, Entertaining

See it if you like Foster. Amazing performance. Powerful small production. Grittier, truer. Touching story.

Don't see it if You prefer more more varnished productions of this harsh reality. Choreography is not the best. Her costume is distractingly silly. Read more

851 Reviews | 1007 Followers
86
Absorbing, Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Delightful

See it if You want to see an intimate production w/ an incredible performance by Sutton Foster. The entire experience felt quite special.

Don't see it if You dislike small productions & intimate settings. The costumes/wigs could be better & would have liked more musicians but its a great show

965 Reviews | 339 Followers
80
Foster's great singing, Foster's great acting, Foster's great dancing, Dated show, Dreadful sightlines

See it if you love triple-threat Foster; she lights up the stage. Music is strong, but book dated. All-female band. Strong cast, but Oscar disappoints

Don't see it if you want Fosse's choreography. Or to be able to see action. Some songs are extraneous. Many jokes fall flat. But the joy of seeing SF! Read more

983 Reviews | 229 Followers
80
Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Raunchy

See it if great singing, dancing and staging as well as direction.

Don't see it if if u do not like a clubby type of show.

706 Reviews | 214 Followers
85
Delightful, Funny, Romantic, Refreshing, Tuneful

See it if Sutton F. was wonderfully spunky. The music and dancing were catchy. The theme was timeless: I could identify with Sweet Charity!

Don't see it if You're not a romantic at heart. Substitute "strip club" for "dance hall" to bring the setting up to date.

692 Reviews | 152 Followers
77
Great singing, Ambitious, Entertaining, Disappointing, Unfocused

See it if the Sutton Foster & the Cy Coleman score, its adaptation as a proto-feminist chamber work, see great perf from Joel Perez & the female band

Don't see it if you want a big, brash Broadway show with elaborate numbers, don't identify with characters who are dance hall hostesses, pimps & johns

687 Reviews | 114 Followers
77
Dated, Great acting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if A Charity Hope Valentine for the Trump era Foster delights in Silverman's seriously downscaled version of the Fosse/Verdon classic vehicle

Don't see it if Bergasse's cheorography more Robbins than Fosse Coleman/Fields score still charms Simon's book hoary Sutton shines as her own 'brass band'

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506 Reviews | 1002 Followers
93
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great staging

See it if you like musicals that make you feel thaty are part of it Sutton Foster is a winer Having seen the original and the revival about 10 .. cont

Don't see it if You cannot handle being THERE with the dance hall hostesses. Read more

Critic Reviews (50)

The New York Times
November 20th, 2016

"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."
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Time Out New York
November 20th, 2016

"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."
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New York Magazine / Vulture
November 20th, 2016

"In the stripped-down and stirring revival starring the astonishing Sutton Foster, Silverman has in many ways succeeded...This one never lets you forget that it is fundamentally about women endangered by men, poverty, and a lack of education…Without that Broadway lift, ‘Sweet Charity’ risks seeming leaden and grubby…Hollowness is unavoidable here...Silverman’s work with Foster is extraordinary. Together, they get the most out of the complicated comedy of scenes."
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New Yorker
November 27th, 2016

"You keep hoping that, despite early signs of limpness, it won’t be drained of all its energy and sentiment by the end. But the director, Leigh Silverman, is adept at throwing ash on soap bubbles. The problem is that she’s too serious about theatre; she wants her shows to count—to have a moral purpose...Instead of trusting in and directing the flow of Foster’s natural wellspring of talent, she set out to dam it."
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The Hollywood Reporter
November 20th, 2016

"Foster and Silverman bring comparable insight to 'Sweet Charity.' They embrace the goofy, big-hearted openness of the title character, but also the bleakness of her reality...If the approach falls short of revelatory, that's perhaps because this flawed show can never seem complete without Fosse's dance moves…It could use a bit more oomph in the choreography. But the crucial component that requires zero improvements is Foster's gorgeous performance. She's perfection."
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Entertainment Weekly
November 20th, 2016

"Charity was always a pretty great part. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a performer better equipped than two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, whose vocal and dance skills are matched only by her gift for physical comedy. The top-notch supporting cast includes Shuler Hensley; Asmeret Ghebremichael and Emily Padgett as two tell-it-like-it-is Fan-Dango dancers; and the versatile Joel Perez in four roles. Did we mention this production is stripped-down?"
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Variety
November 20th, 2016

"Dancing is what you get a lot of in this modest but smartly staged production...Silverman’s production captures the air of wised-up innocence that defines the woolly era of the early ’60s. Charity is very much a child of her time, and Foster is just plain marvelous at conveying her yearning to fit in and belong. While a fine supporting cast are strongest in the dance department, there’s a sense that they have all seen the future and found it less fun than it was cracked up to be."
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The Wall Street Journal
November 24th, 2016

"This new version is the best production imaginable, and Foster is giving the performance of a lifetime in the title role. I’ve never seen her do anything better—and that’s really saying something...Emotionally convincing to the highest degree, starting with Foster’s performance...Since the other members of the cast are good enough not to be swamped by her, the result is not an unbalanced tour de force but a dramatically convincing presentation of a musical whose flaws can only be overcome."
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