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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

90
Entertaining, Must see, Delightful, Charming, Great staging

See it if you're rightfully awed by Sutton Foster, who is oh-so terrific on all fronts, and enjoy a surprisingly intimate staging and glorious tunes

Don't see it if you're expecting nonstop glee, as there are many poignant moments, or if you demand elaborate staging or bristle at actors in multiple roles

91
Exquisite, Ambitious, Intense

See it if You savor the chance to see great talent in a tiny space, like older shows dusted off and reimagined, or like Surton foster in anything.

Don't see it if You're humming the old score, like big feel-good musicals, or don't like tinkering with your old favorites.

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

88
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Masterful, Must see

See it if you want to be entertained/wowed by a wonderfully talented cast lead by Sutton Foster. Unique, intimate setting makes it even more unique.

Don't see it if are looking for a large scale production, even so Sutton Foster gives a powerhouse performance & that alone makes this a must see.

90
Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You love Sutton Foster. You enjoy pared-down musicals that keep the essence of the original. You love great song and dance numbers.

Don't see it if You saw the original with Gwen Verdon years ago and will miss her! You're not a Sutton Foster fan - she's the foundation of the show.

94
Absorbing, Enchanting, Exquisite, Masterful, Resonant

See it if Sut Foster is superb navigating the funny, touching, sad and triumphant journey of CHARITY; talented support doubling/tripling roles

Don't see it if No negatives other than the limited run and possibility it may not transfer or see another life

91
Intimate, Must see, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if You've ever thought of yourself as a Sutton Foster fan because she's epic here. The intimate staging is also something to experience.

Don't see it if You're expecting the original production with brass and a massive cast because this isn't that.

Also This was my first exposure to the show outside of having heard some of... Read more Read less

90
Dated, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging

See it if you want to see how dated musicals should be approached.

Don't see it if you don't want to be exposed to creaky writing of the past, however rehabilitated by a production.

90
Endearing, Adorable, Energetic, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like a light hearted romp, some very catchy tunes, an adorable leading lady (Sutton Foster) and a good time.

Don't see it if you're a stick in the mud who steals candy from babies & murders puppies. You won't have a good time here in this sexy & charming musical

Also Sweet Charity, performed in the round, has made the definitive choice ... Read more Read less

83
Enchanting, Hilarious, Dated

See it if you are fan of Sutton Foster. She doesn't disappoint. I never knew how funny she was until this show.

Don't see it if you are looking for a coherent and modern story. It's a dated show, but this cast and staging makes the most of it.

83
Scaled down reboot of a classic

See it if Face it.. it's all about seeing Sutton Foster, up close and she is AMAZING!

Don't see it if If you want a big, splashy Broadway version of this classic musical. It's in a tiny theater with minimal sets & costumes--the cast makes it

89
Entertaining

See it if Love the music and want stimulation at the theatre. Small staging but still winning.

Don't see it if Not a fan of Sutton Forster and want a bigger production of this show.

65
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.

82
Great singing, Great staging, Entertaining, Delightful, Dated

See it if You love Sutton Foster, or if you don't know her but want to see a great performer lead a show.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals adapted for a smaller stage.

94
Delightful, Great acting, Quirky, Romantic, Must see

See it if you adore Sutton Foster and her goofy charms

Don't see it if you need a lot of staging or props

70
Disappointing, Overrated

See it if You adore Sutton Foster (I do) but she is terribly miscast here, you don't remember the Fosse choreography (I do), unfortunately.

Don't see it if You don't want to be dispirited by a skeletal revival that fails to deliver the necessary grit to make SC a truly compelling character.

95
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

Also Sutton Foster is one of the hottest actress in Broadway. She is hilari... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Delightful

See it if you want to see a terrific performer at the top of her form in a show with some classic songs.

Don't see it if you don't like Cy Coleman musicals or Sutton Foster.

79
Funny, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever, Romantic

See it if Six or seven strong production numbers, heartwarming love story of Charity and Oscar played superbly by Sutton Foster & Shuler Hensley.

Don't see it if u don't love musicals. It's emblematic of run-of-the-mill sixties shows w/ a great lead part for a star performer and a likable male lead.

90
Delightful, Entertaining, Enchanting, Refreshing, Great staging

See it if You love Sutton Foster. The cast is very versatile - most play multiple roles. The score is fantastic. Just a delightful night.

Don't see it if You dislike musicals, dislike Sutton Foster, want a modern plot.

84
Great acting, Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Intense

See it if if you wish to see a great performance from Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you don't like musicals.

84
Engaging, Entertaining, Classic, Minimalist, Great acting

See it if you want to catch some major A-list Bway talent on a small Off-Bway stage. Sutton Foster & Shuler Hensley are perfection as Charity & Oscar.

Don't see it if you prefer your musicals big & splashy. This is very stripped. There aren't even sets. Also, the new choreography makes you miss Fosse.

Also This was a fun production-- I absolutely loved Sutton Foster's Charity... Read more Read less

80
Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to see Sutton Foster in a smaller venue. Absolutely worth it. She brings a layered charm to Charity, beyond most performers.

Don't see it if You just aren't that interested in the show, regardless of Sutton. A lot feels dated and her man-crazed behavior can be nauseating at times.

77
Entertaining, Dated, Spartan, Intimate, Great singing

See it if you are a Sutton Foster fan - her performance is fantastic and you'll likely never get another chance to see her in such an intimate setting

Don't see it if you are expecting big Fosse dance numbers -- the choreography and staging was disappointing.

75
Clever, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Slow

See it if want to see Sutton Foster (& a talented cast) in an intimate setting. It's a classic and reflects the 60s.

Don't see it if you are looking for a quick, large revival.


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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