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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
Entertaining, Great singing, Fluffy, Clever

See it if you enjoy light entertainment with good singing and dancing.

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

95
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Refreshing

See it if You love Sutton Foster--doesn't everyone? Want to see a great interpretation of Charity with a heart-wrenching ending.

Don't see it if You expect a big, splashy production. You don't like shows with no sets. You don't like choreography that is not the best.

Also It's a very funny, fun show with the killer knowledge that Charity has... Read more Read less

90
Delightful, Enchanting, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if You enjoy musicals with strong singers. Also, Sutton Foster rocks and it's worth it to go see her in such an intimate production.

Don't see it if you are expecting an overproduced musical with fantastic staging. This is a spare production, which highlights the prolific talents of SF.

95
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.

80
Dated, Entertaining, Delightful, Enchanting

See it if you are a fan of Sutton Foster, enjoy shows in small intimate settings or enjoy revivals.

Don't see it if If you like your musicals with multiple costume changes and elaborate sets.

51
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.

85
Delightful, Entertaining, Bittersweet, Intimate, Great singing

See it if for Sutton Foster; she's wonderful; for Shuler Hensley, such a gorgeous voice and perfect in the role.

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

Also I don't know how the choreography was changed/redone to accommodate th... Read more Read less

72
Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing

See it if you enjoy Sutton and like this old style musical

Don't see it if you don't like shows of that era - it is a bit weird.

75
Entertaining, Ambitious, Star-driven, Intelligent, Disappointing

See it if you want to see Sutton Foster up close & personal. She is wonderful. Appreciate the attempt to update the book-needs more. Less Bway comedy.

Don't see it if you've never liked the score. Characters playing multi-roles can be confusing. Book can go further in capturing Charity's essence.

74
Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Want to see Sutton Foster and Joel Perez in a breakout performance in numerous Roles. He is wonderful!

Don't see it if You are a fan of Bob Fosse Choreography. Most of this choreography although new, falls flat. Don't mind summer music theatre style staging.

Also This is an interesting production and worth seeing for Sutton Foster w... Read more Read less

92
Great singing, Great staging, Delightful, Refreshing, Intelligent

See it if You want to see a refreshing take on this show with great performances by Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley.

Don't see it if You want a big, boffo production with an upbeat ending.

Also I don't understand the negative reviews of this production. Although I... Read more Read less

80
Ambitious, Entertaining, Funny, Thought-provoking

See it if you want to see a new take on a classic

Don't see it if you want to see a classic

Also For me, the jury is still out on whether Foster was right for Charity,... Read more Read less

83
Absorbing, Enchanting, Great central performance, Funny, Quirky

See it if you want to see a refreshing riff on a old chestnut; if you're a fan of Sutton Foster; if you want to finally become a fan of Sutton Foster

Don't see it if you want to see the show you know; if you really want to see a top-to-bottom "dark" revisal of the piece

76
Great staging, Entertaining, Refreshing, Quirky

See it if You've never seen it before. This bare stage production is creatively staged with entertaining dance numbers.

Don't see it if You like to leave a theater humming the scenery.

80
Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Disappointing, Must see

See it if you love Sutton Foster and you're OK with seeing a production that mostly works. It also helps if you love this show.

Don't see it if you love this show and know it well and it would bother you to see it hampered by a smaller production and some weak direction/choreography.

Also I'm bringing a lot of baggage to this. I love Sweet Charity. I've seen... Read more Read less

90
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if Absolute delight! Sutton Foster and the Ensemble are at their best. Wonderful production.

Don't see it if You do not like old fashioned musicals. The script is a little dated and long.

85
Entertaining, Great singing, Refreshing, Funny

See it if You admire Sutton Foster who is great in the show. A sweet score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields.

Don't see it if You dislike seeing a woman mistreated by men.

78
Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Quirky, Raunchy

See it if your goal is to see Sutton Foster. She does a great job, but the production value of the show is low which doesn't suit the score.

Don't see it if you want to be uplifted. Sweet Charity in a deconstructed produdction just tends to emphasize how sad the whole thing is.

90
Absorbing, Moving, Great singing

See it if You'd like a small scale version of a classic musical. Sutton Foster manages to be strong & fragile, sad & optimistic, frenetic but stuck.

Don't see it if You're not a Sutton Foster fan (& how is that possible?) Or if you don't like this music. The main numbers are wonderfully performed. Loved.

79
Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Funny, Ambitious

See it if you love Sutton Foster, like Sweet Charity, enjoy tap dance, like revivals that highlight modern social issues in older pieces with skill.

Don't see it if you want to see a classic production of Sweet Charity. This production is scaled back and puts more emphasis on the mistreatment of women.

90
Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny, Entertaining

See it if you want to see Sutton Foster sing, dance and act her way through a role she was made for, in an intimate bare bones staging of a classic.

Don't see it if you don't care for classic musicals, you would find it dated, or prefer a big, flashy staging with huge production numbers.

Also This production is presented with minimal sets or costume changes. Cha... Read more Read less

80
Entertaining, Intelligent, Clever, Great dancing, Emotionally resonant

See it if You enjoy thoughtful revivals of musical classics, you're as interested in the emotional impact as the musical chops, you're a Sutton Foster

Don't see it if You have specific ideas of how this show "ought to be" produced, you dislike musicals in small venues with small casts

Also What you lose in brassiness (literally, there's not brass section) in ... Read more Read less

70
Disappointing, Great staging, Entertaining, Good back up cast

See it if Great chance to see accomplished actors in a small venue. You like the score; I only like the 3 big numbers. The "movie star" actor is good.

Don't see it if Seeing Foster play Charity as someone mentally deficient (which is a reasonable interpretation) bothers you. Helmsley also good (no room b4)

87
Great acting, Great singing, Quirky, Funny

See it if SUTTON FOSTER

Don't see it if who wouldnt want to see Sutton sing and tap??

90
Entertaining, Delightful, Ambitious, Great music, Great staging

See it if You enjoy watching Sutton Foster's amazing talent. Remake is a bit different but well worth attending.

Don't see it if N/A


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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