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Sweet Charity

From 251 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.

Member Reviews (251)


Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting

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

Entertaining, Disappointing, Great singing, Underproduced, Poorly directed

See it if You love the music. It's a great score filled with gems. And there are some great performances, particularly from Shuler Hensley.

Don't see it if It's a disappointingly flat production. It's spare and small, attempting to focus on darker aspects but missing the mark.

Dated, Disappointing, Cliched, Overrated, Insipid

See it if You want to see an ( barely ) updated version of an " old fashioned " musical.

Don't see it if You would rather experience new kind of musicals. This one is definitely a relic from the past.

Overrated, Slow, Delightful

See it if you're a fan of Sutton Foster. She sparkles in this production with her usual charm. Ensemble is also great.

Don't see it if you're expecting to be blown away. It's a small production so some of the numbers felt small and underdone.

Technical problems, Nice dancing, Good singing, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if You want (and should) support the important Harlem Repertory Theater.

Don't see it if You you want the usual big production, big cast, flashy and showy Sweet Charity to which you are accustomed.

Lackluster, Low-budget, Dull, Excellent lead, Slow

See it if You like very small shows with a dozen actors playing 3 roles each; if you enjoy Sutton Foster; you're a diehard fan of the the show.

Don't see it if if you love Fosse's choreography (it's been dropped & restaged); if you don't like paying Broadway prices for bare-stage productions.

Confusing, Quirky, Great staging, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you're a fan of Cy Coleman

Don't see it if you enjoy a show with logic in how the plot moves

Confusing, Disappointing, Edgy, Great singing, Funny

See it if If you like unique love stories this is for you. There is some humor also. Good harmonies.

Don't see it if Don't see if sitting through a 3+ hour show is hard for you. Not recommended for those not interested in shaky relationships. Slow paced

During previews
Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Dated, Insipid

See it if Stellar singing and acting by Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley. Nice score. Entertaining.

Don't see it if Foster was miscast. This show sends a lousy and depressing message. A fairly thin book. It doesn't lend itself to a small production.

Also While I enjoyed watching the show and was entertained by it, I had sev... Read more Read less

During previews
Dated, Cliched, Disappointing, Slow, Overrated

See it if you will love Sutton Foster no matter what. I love her but even she cannot salvage this boring and amateurish production

Don't see it if you need something that engages you and makes you feel you have spent two and one-half hours growing.

During previews
Disappointing, Unimaginative, Entertaining, Great score, Weak choreography

See it if don't mind an unimaginative production of a musical with a great score and a weak book. The choreography is particularly disappointing.

Don't see it if expect Sutton Foster to rescue the book. Her innocence and ditziness were great but she lacked bite when the book needed bite.

During previews
Dated, Slow, Insipid, Banal

See it if you're a Sutton Foster fan or you like stripped-to-the-bones renditions of shows that were at one time given big productions

Don't see it if you like musicals with emotional depth

Also This is a bare-bones production & I just don't think there's enough co... Read more Read less

During previews
Ambitious, Dated, Romantic, Entertaining, Edgy

See it if You were born before the 70's, enjoy love stories that change many times, like old songs from history

Don't see it if If you don't like history, want a fast paced show, want something intense or serious

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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