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Sweet Charity

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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.


Member Reviews (251)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
85
Avg Score

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!

Also I am NOT a fan of theater-in-the-round. For Act I, I was in the mezz (... Read more Read less

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.

Also I probably wouldn't have rated in the 80's if not for Sutton Foster's ... Read more Read less

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

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.

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.

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.

Also years ago we feel that the intimate theater makes this the winner. The... Read more Read less

70
Confused, Great writing, Entertaining, Self-defeating, Misguided

See it if you want to see a production at odds with itself. Some things come off really well but other choices seem to go against the writing.

Don't see it if you love Sweet Charity for what it's always been (a big dance musical) and don't want to see a production that undercuts that.

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'

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

87
Entertaining, Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Must see

See it if You love musicals, Sutton Foster and an ensemble of great dancers & singers; revival about dance hall hostesses trying to make it in life

Don't see it if you expect a grand scale musical with elaborate sets & production numbers;

Also This production is amazing for the adaption to the small stage area th... Read more Read less

79
Endearing sutton foster, Entertaining, Disappointing, Slow, Great songs

See it if you like Sutton Foster who makes this show her own; you enjoy great songs & music; hard working cast; great splits and leg lifts.

Don't see it if you're looking for a big, splashy production; some supporting cast is weak; aside for Foster and Hensley the production is a little flat.

87
Great singing, Resonant, Funny, Delightful

See it if U want to have a great night! Fun, funny, endearing. Intimate venue makes you feel part of the show. Great songs u can almost sing along 2.

Don't see it if If you’re looking for a BROADWAY production, this isnt it but it’s more uplifting and at least as much fun.

90
Intimate setting, Great acting, Sad and funny

See it if you want to see Sutton Foster in a role she dominates - tender, funny, heartbreaking - in a boutique sized production that suits this show.

Don't see it if you want a happy ending. If you can get a ticket, this is not to be missed.

96
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.

75
Great acting, Great singing, Sutton foster sutton foster sutton foster, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you love Sutton Foster or the music from the show ("Big Spender", "I'm the Bravest Individual"). Beautiful stripped down production.

Don't see it if you enjoy more modern productions or big, flashy musicals. This felt a little dated, but is worth it for Ms. Foster's portrayal of Charity.

75
Delightful, Dated, Entertaining, Great dancing, Fluffy

See it if LOVE LOVE LOVE Sutton Foster The rest of the cast is engaging and charming

Don't see it if dated musicals are not your thing

83
Entertaining, Funny, Ambitious, Disappointing, Overrated

See it if you love Sutton Foster. She is fully committed, comically gifted, and a joy to watch. The ensemble is earnest and talented, as well.

Don't see it if you find the material old/annoying. There is some relevance as women are still held to a different standard, but the purity theme is dated.

80
Great acting, Great singing, Slow, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Sutton be absolutly charming, and lovable as Charity. However, felt a little like a thrown together staged reading version.

Don't see it if are expecting Fosse's choreo. Disappointing new choreography. Darker ending than most versions. Small cast that doubles a lot. Felt long.

50
Disappointing, Sanitized, Non-gritty, Miscast, Great choreography

See it if you want an earful of Cy Coleman songs, enough to propel you to the excellent film version. Also, Shuler Hensley is perfect in the role.

Don't see it if You're looking to relive this heart-breaking story.

Also I've always found this show to be surprisingly endearing, yet this ver... Read more Read less

80
Disappointing

See it if you love the score with 12 actors, & love Sutton Foster in a show performed on a small stage with no scenery & a few props at Bwy prices.

Don't see it if you have fond memories of another production or movie of Sweet Charity.

80
Sweet, Entertaining, Funny, Charming musical comedy

See it if You like musicals, and want to see Sutton Foster in a truly great performance. While the rest of the cast is superb, she carries the show.

Don't see it if You want something edgy or modern. This is well within the musical theater canon, and a strong production of a charming and fun show.

81
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing, Great writing

See it if You appreciate the talents of Neil Simon,Sutton Foster,Shuler Hensley and a terrific supporting cast.This is a musical with classic songs.

Don't see it if You prefer large scale musicals with big casts. This revival is a good fit for the Linney at Signature Theaters.

75
Delightful, Absorbing, Romantic, Sweet

See it if you want to watch a downtrodden (but quirkily endearing) woman try to pull herself up by her bootstraps. Or if you just love Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you have no interest in the downtrodden, in the quirkily endearing, or in Sutton Foster.

Also Sutton Foster is the entire show. The rest of the cast – with the exce... Read more Read less

92
Entertaining, Delightful, Spirited, Great singing and dancing, Refreshing

See it if you can deal with musical theatre stripped down to its essentials: terrific material, a talented cast & Sutton's pitch perfect technique.

Don't see it if You're expecting Fosse or his Rich Man's Frug, a large orchestra or the usual bells and whistles that so often make the Bway musical go.

Also The New Group’s Sweet Charity is a big show in an intimate space with ... Read more Read less

95
Funny, Great singing, Must see, Romantic, Sutton!

See it if You are a Sutton Foster fan (as I am). Love a good song and dance musical. Enjoy an impressive, stripped down version of a 60s based musical

Don't see it if Are needing a night of pensive drama. You are having to have a splashy l, huge cast and full orchestra.

Also Sutton is so well-suited for this role -- vocally and in term of her c... Read more Read less


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 po...
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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 b...
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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 seemi...
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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 pu...
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