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Sweet Charity

From 50 critic and 249 member reviews
Members say: 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. More…

Fifty years after it debuted on Broadway, Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields' musical is revived in an intimate setting. The production features new choreography by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse ('On the Town') and direction by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman ('Violet,' 'Well'), who brings a fresh, modern perspective to the age-old story of a woman who thinks she needs a man to save her.

Epoch Times

"Thanks to the cast (many playing multiple roles), and the visions of director Leigh Silverman and choreographer Joshua Bergasse, the show’s score comes wonderfully to life…Foster is brilliant as the title character. Not only in the comedic moments—Charity stops the action of an entire scene to make a sandwich—but also in the dramatic ones…Working on every level, this production of 'Sweet Charity' is an absolute triumph." Full Review


“The real reason to see the new ‘Sweet Charity’, its third major New York revival, is for Sutton Foster's bravura performance. Aside from nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in ‘Anything Goes’, Foster has usually played innocent, clean-cut young women caught up in unusual situations. Here she again plays to type - but with a difference. … Under Leigh Silverman's direction, Foster may just be the most convincing actress to ever play Charity.” Full Review

Theatre Reviews Limited

"Unique, brilliantly cast, impeccably staged, and discovers the deep, rich underbelly of this musical that seems to have escaped notice until now...The musical peels away the layers of Charity’s past revealing her vulnerability and her less explored – but equally evident – inner strength...Under Leigh Silverman’s sharp direction, the members of the impressive cast deliver authentic performances animated with deep honesty and endearing charisma...Joshua Bergasse’s choreography is stunning." Full Review

The Wall Street Journal

"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." Full Review

Theater Pizzazz

"The updated modern choreographic moves bring this 'Sweet Charity' into the 21st century under the skillful hand of Joshua Bergasse, and the entire production melds and morphs with knowing aplomb under the extremely competent direction of Leigh Silverman. Sutton Foster comes off as an irresistible joy, singing, dancing and displaying her comic chops in her au natural, this-is-me persona. She proves, once again, she can do anything." Full Review

Broadway Blog

"Foster, evoking some of the best comedy shtick of the era in the spirit of Carol Burnett and Lucille Ball, is brilliantly on point with her comedic timing…Bergasse’s choreography dutifully nods to Fosse on occasion, but also breathes new life into famous dance sequences. But the evening belongs to Sutton Foster, who puts her stamp on one of the great musical comedy roles of the 20th century." Full Review

Entertainment Weekly

"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?" Full Review


"My only complaint about the inimitable Sutton Foster is that I have a hard time figuring out what she does best. Flawless dancing? Check. Stunning singing? Yup. Hilarious physical comedy? For sure. But the thing that puts the cherry on the Foster cupcake is that while doing all that she manages to imbue every moment with a depth of character that most performers don’t attain even without the high kicks and tumbles…The performances are uniformly superb." Full Review

Live Theatre UK

"Joshua Bergasse’s sexy and stimulating choreography is the true star here–and rightly so. This is a reinvention rather than a revival–an exceptional and invigorating one...In Silverman’s hands, 'Sweet Charity' is less a vehicle for a star and more a committed ensemble piece, albeit one where frequently there is a whiff of Fosse fragrance. Stylish fluidity is Silverman’s key to unlocking the musical's strengths...Enlivening this template, Sutton Foster is gloriously unbeatable as Charity." Full Review

Stage Buddy

"In Leigh Silverman’s capable directorial hands, the excellent performances fill the space with the raw tensions of the story. Sutton Foster, no surprise, shines at the musical’s center…Foster is accompanied by a brilliant cast…Cy Coleman’s music lands laughs, aided and abetted by the skilled and hilarious choreography of Joshua Bergasse…'Sweet Charity' delivers with its hilarious and thought-provoking outlook on the life of its uniquely charming protagonist." Full Review

Exeunt Magazine

"The largest achievement in The New Group’s revival (and it is a production brimming with achievements) is that the title character is somehow entirely believable…There is a seamless meld of actor and character that grabs the audience and does not let go…The singing is uniformly excellent…The production is smart and contemporary. If this ‘Sweet Charity’ has a life beyond its off-Broadway run, it will be a gift to the thousands of other people who will get to experience it." Full Review


"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." Full Review


"Director Leigh Silverman absolutely nails it...It works beautifully and allows the top-notch evening of musical comedy that precedes to finish with a heartwarming glow...Simon's book is full of the kind of smart, urban wit that made his name a comedy genre...This is a 'Sweet Charity' where the book gets a real workout. There's still the lively zest of sharply written musical comedy, but Silverman, Foster, Hensley and company make sure the fragile heart beneath the fun gets its say." Full Review

Front Mezz Junkies

"The musical is filled with priceless musical and dance numbers. One gem after another, ripe for stylized choreography and fun musical vocalizations...Both director Leigh Silverman and Bergasse have to find a way to satisfy our expectations and also place their own personal stamp on it. in general I think they succeed. Pretty well...The real excitement in this show is the dancing. And this is where the show flips back and forth from excellent to good...The show still shines bright regardless." Full Review


"Smartly directed by Leigh Silverman, and designed with great ingenuity...Unsurprisingly, Foster brings her patented all-American optimism, to this difficult and iconic role...More importantly, Foster brings her equally flexible voice and legs to the often-bare stage, allowing her to perfectly land such beloved Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields songs as well as brilliantly execute Joshua Bergasse’s complex, tap-and-ballet-inspired choreography." Full Review

The Huffington Post

"This new 'Charity' is built around an irrepressibly delectable Sutton Foster, who gives the show a refreshingly different flavor and thoroughly wins the day…This production of 'Charity' has been conceived and staged not as a grand Fosse musical, but as a Neil Simon comedy. Which, in retrospect, it is....Georgia Stitt leads a ferocious all-girl ensemble, and they truly rock. Foster’s performance is by no means the sole attraction of this friendly 'Sweet Charity.'" Full Review

Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Foster comes through with wrenching vulnerability as the forlorn dance hall hostess, but also adds an appealing ability to fight back to survive...Foster’s performance deserves to go beyond this limited off-Broadway run, and so does this production directed by Leigh Silverman and smartly choreographed by Joshua Bergasse...There are numerous striking numbers...'Sweet Charity' a hard ticket, but if you can manage to book it, you’ll have a very entertaining time." Full Review


"Another career-making performance by Sutton Foster...Hensley knocks it out of the admittedly tiny ballpark...But that too is one of the things making this revival exceptional...These practiced bodies are all but in our faces much of the time, which has the odd effect of making the story that much more tough-minded without relinquishing its poignance...Foster's is a beautiful performance in a grown-up, revelatory revival." Full Review

The Hollywood Reporter

"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." Full Review


"Purists may balk, but director Leigh Silverman and her star, Sutton Foster, have given us a whole new reason to fall for that dance hall charmer Charity…The proximity allows for a visceral experience up close and very personal. As Charity, Foster once again pulls out all the stops, confirming her place in the pantheon of musical theatre stars. She breaks your heart...Equally entertaining, it cuts deep with a poignantly resonant message of empowerment and, yes, hope." Full Review


"Sutton Foster may well have been born to play Charity. Is there an actress more adept at toggling between hopefulness and heartbreak with just the bat of an eyelash? The New Group’s 'Sweet Charity' is a bittersweet, but sublime revival…Leigh Silverman takes us through all the steps of the classic musical…'Where Am I Going?' closes 'Sweet Charity' on a tender note that brought the company an ovation, and makes for a gut-wrenching reminder that this is no happy-go-lucky tuner." Full Review

Front Row Center

"As a pure reconstitution of a remarkable musical, it is a triumph...Silverman retains all that was wonderful about 'Sweet Charity' as a heel-kicking, brassy musical. It is the grim reality of the present—that we are all about to be slammed back to those days, when misogyny was just the way it is—that gives the audience pause. That aside, there are no dead spots in this show...Foster is so good at everything." Full Review

Reviewing The Drama

"They don't make them like Sutton Foster anymore. Her go-for-broke comedic skills make her a quadruple threat...It gets darker at the end, which can throw you for a bit of a loop. But the darkness adds pathos and poignancy, and, in this case, relevance...Mostly, though, this is a great excuse to see one of our living legends in an iconic role, and make it her own...Thankfully, this production and choreographer Joshua Bergasse takes full advantage of his multi-talented leading lady." Full Review

The Associated Press

"An energetic, playful revival...Director Leigh Silverman embraces the farcical schtick of the original, which mocked mainstream societal norms, and creates a vibrant sixties atmosphere while acknowledging dark moments...The production abounds with flashy, kinetic dance numbers courtesy of Joshua Bergasse, who maximizes Foster’s peppy appeal and athletic dance style." Full Review

Theatre is Easy

"It is absolutely a thrill to watch Foster up close…She’s winsome and utterly sincere as Charity expresses the happiness she feels at meeting one of her romantic silver screen idols…Leigh Silverman has assembled a large, ethnically diverse cast but even in a small space, the dance numbers don’t feel overstuffed or too busy…Although Simon’s book doesn’t entirely hold up, the show is improved by a stellar lead. You’ll be dazzled by the dancing and humming the catchy songs for days." Full Review

Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Enjoy musicals with a plot. Plot is eternal. Great singing and both seeious and funny.

Don't see it if The use of entire theatre as stage would bother you. You must turn in your seat for some scenes.

Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Awesome performances by the entire cast Sutton Foster needs to stay on Broadway

Don't see it if It's great a must see

Entertaining, Great singing, Must see, Hilarious, Epic

See it if you want to be truly entertained....Plus Sutton Foster, need I say more.

Don't see it if you don't like small spaces.

Delightful, Funny, Great staging, Romantic, Edgy

See it if you want to see a classic musical reinvented and performed by the best.

Don't see it if you don't like intimate venues or minimalist theatre

Also Sutton Foster is perfectly cast and shines so bright in this role. She... Read more Read less

Delightful, Funny, Great acting, Masterful, Raunchy

See it if You want a complete well rounded show.

Don't see it if Raunchy shows make you uncomfortable

Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Catch this gem soon to see why Sutton Foster is a Broadway queen. She's funny, dazzling & endearing. Bonus is an intimate theater setting.

Don't see it if You want a traditional Broadway experience.

Exquisite, Funny, Great acting, Great singing, Masterful

See it if This was my kind of sweet charity. One of the best musicals i've seen this whole year. Sutton and cast and absolutely fuckin amazing!!!

Don't see it if If you are expecting a flashy old school typical production. this is edgy gritty version

Clever, Great singing, Great staging, Hilarious, Masterful

See it if you want to see a literal master class on character by Sutton Foster, and you want to hear Joel Perez sing like a beast.

Don't see it if you don't like Sutton Foster.

Delightful, Great staging, Must see

See it if you want to see a woman that can do anything! Sutton Foster is a hilarious Charity with an amazing voice and masterful footwork! Go see it!

Don't see it if you only like traditional theater space. This is a square surrounded by seats. No bad seat, though!

Delightful, Great acting, Great staging

See it if You love this show and Sutton Foster

Don't see it if You are looking for a full blown production. This one is scaled down but in a totally good way!

Also Sutton Foster is totally charming as Charity Hope Valentine! This thea... Read more Read less

Funny, Great singing, Profound, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if A fan of classic musical theatre or a fan of Sutton Foster. Sutton is the PERFECT musical theatre performer.

Don't see it if You hate music, fun or are clinically brain dead

Also Sutton Foster gives perhaps her best on-stage performance. She fits th... Read more Read less

Delightful, Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if you want to see a well staged, well written musical. Are a fan of S.Foster or any of the cast. Each performer was perfect in their role!

Don't see it if you do not enjoy older musicals, are not a fan of Sutton Foster. You do not enjoy quirky humor that may be a little over the top.

Also I LOVED this production. It's in an intimate theater so you can see th... Read more Read less

Enchanting, Great staging, Entertaining

See it if Fan of the music(al). Sutton Foster. Great production.

Don't see it if Expecting big.

Absorbing, Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging

See it if Your looking for a great laugh and a good story line.

Don't see it if You can't stand comical, shows with music, and quirky bits.

Clever, Delightful, Great staging, Great singing, Quirky

See it if you love good musicals well done. Sutton Foster was perfection in the role. Rest of cast was very strong. Well directed, well staged.

Don't see it if you are silly! There is zero reason not to see this. It is a good show with a terrific score and an excellent cast. Hope it transfers.

Enchanting, Great singing, Great acting, Must see, Romantic

See it if you know the soundtrack and you love it. The story is based on the film played by Shirley McClaine with one of the best actress right now.

Don't see it if you don't like Bob Fose choreography

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Delightful, Clever, Great singing, Refreshing, Romantic

See it if love Sutton Foster, love to support the New Group

Don't see it if you are expecting a big Broadway production

Clever, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You love Sutton Foster and don't mind a bit of imagination.

Don't see it if You don't like a good song and dance number.

Delightful, Great acting, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you are a Sutton Foster fan, love intimate setting with hardly any sets.

Don't see it if you are not a Sutton Foster fan and don't like older style shows.

Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Enchanting, Funny

See it if you love Sutton Foster and can handle a little depressing story. Great small stage show.

Don't see it if you prefer big staging, happy go-lucky stories, or hate Sutton Foster.

Clever, Great acting, Great singing, Must see, Riveting

See it if You loke Sutton Foster, dancing, theater in the round, Fosse

Don't see it if You only like new shows or have a problem with breaking thr 4th wall

Absorbing, Great staging, Great singing, Must see, Relevant

See it if you want to see a wonderful score performed by a superb cast in a way that makes you feel for this classic musical in an entirely new way.

Don't see it if don't like musicals that have a darker side that makes you feel something or if you don't like choreography-heavy musicals.

Enchanting, Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Must see

See it if you can get a ticket. Sutton Foster brings her own quirky love-ability to a great role. Talented cast in an intimate pared-down staging.

Don't see it if your musicals need to have sets and scrims flying in and out.

Delightful, Hilarious, Devastating

See it if you're a fan of Sutton Foster and minimalist interpretations of classic musicals.

Don't see it if you can't handle a good dose of realism and malaise in your musical!

Entertaining, Clever, Enchanting

See it if you want to see an uodated, clever, unique production of a classic musical packed with a multi-talented ensemble cast!

Don't see it if you're expecting a big, flashy production in a gigantic theatre. This is an intimate theatre produced in the round.

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