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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)


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

Entertaining, Funny, Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing

See it if U have never seen a production of this show before. Sutton Foster is beyond dynamic and dominates this role. If u like an intimate setting.

Don't see it if U r interested in a new or more modern musical since this is a revival of an oldie. U want to see a large-scale production.

Also the entire company is outstanding in this revival. Their voices are st... 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

Delightful, Refreshing

See it if Sutton Foster can charm the pants off of anyone. She is PERFECT as Charity. Endearing, quirky&hopelessly optimistic.

Don't see it if You're not a fan of small scale shows and old timey musicals. Very simple story. small band, small house, small cast.

Entertaining, Funny, Cliched, Dated, Delightful

See it if You like musicals and revivals. Sutton Foster is a pleasure here, and this holds together pretty well.

Don't see it if You might be expecting more from Sweet Charity than it ever delivered originally, or find theater in round staging a problem - staging issue

Great acting, Great staging, Great singing, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you enjoy a strong score and great singing/dancing by Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you expect a competent book with a story that makes sense.

Dinner theatre production, foster fabulous, small cast, no orchestra...just a little band.

See it if You know how wonderful Sutton Foster's work always is.,,,she's helped by a Shuler Hensley who does a great performance too.

Don't see it if You expect sets, costumes, or an orchestra...because you aren't going to get much in that department. Choreography ain't Fossy's either.

Great singing, Great acting, Funny

See it if You want to see Sutton Foster embody Charity. Remarkable actress. Her face alone tells the story.

Don't see it if You expect the full blown Fosse experience. Small, intimate staging focused fully on Charity.

Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Great singing, Great staging

See it if Sutton Foster and Shuler Hensley lead this revival. Great songs, clever, intimate staging.

Don't see it if you loathe musicals and can't enjoy "Hey Big Spender."

Confusing, Entertaining, Great singing, Raunchy, Funny

See it if you really love Sutton Foster (who was great), if you enjoy being close to the performers, or if you want to watch something fun.

Don't see it if you love elaborate sets and costumes, if you want a happily resolved ending, or if you don't like a protagonist who is optimistic and naive.

Entertaining, Quirky, Heartfelt

See it if You adore sutton foster's charm and talent. Excellent company all around. Intimate setting.

Don't see it if You can't excuse some filler songs, esp second act.

Entertaining, Refreshing, Delightful

See it if You love Sutton Foster, who is amazing in it; want to hear some good Cy Coleman songs; enjoy a classic book musical; want to be entertained

Don't see it if You can't get Gwen Verdon out of your head; you prefer your theatre to be a bit edgier/trendier;

Disappointing, Cliched, Dated, Quirky, Overrated

See it if ...oh, don't see it. Sutton is wrong, wrong, wrong, and the direction is terrible. A few good performances but that's it.

Don't see it if you're expecting a fresh, smart production of this play. This one's not it.

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

Delightful, Ambitious, Funny, Great acting

See it if If you want to see a stunning performance by Sutton Foster, she is amazing and the intimate seating makes the show very special.

Don't see it if You are expecting a large scale musical. Acting is great, but 12 actors play 30 parts and a 6 piece talented band play the music.

Delightful, Funny, Thought-provoking, Quirky, Romantic

See it if You love traditional musical theatre with an important message. Or if you love Sutton Foster. She is fantastic in this role!

Don't see it if You're not a fan of a re-imagined revival that has been scaled down and put in an intimate space.

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.

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!

Great acting, Profound, Quirky, Resonant, New

See it if want a totally different ending, love sutton, want a masterclass in performing, like the original, like small-scale shows, intimate theatres

Don't see it if want something uplifting, traditionalist, hate good theatre

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.

Delightful, Great singing, Great dancing, Entertaining

See it if You love a broadway musical that has great singing and dancing. Sutton Foster is amazing.

Don't see it if You don't like the story, and/or need a happy ending.

Entertaining, Great singing, Disappointing, Great acting, Overrated

See it if You're a Sutton Foster fan and if you appreciate a great score performed well despite the all-too-typical severe orchestral reduction.

Don't see it if You expect a major staging with outstanding production numbers (as they were in the original) and you want to be transfixed by the lead.

Also I give the production credit for sticking to the book and score with m... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining, Intelligent

See it if You love Sutton Foster, she manages to breathe new life into a show that at sometimes can seem creaky and tired.

Don't see it if You're into more contemporary musical theater, the show, while staged modern, can at times seem like a relic of its time.

Delightful, Quirky, Dancing, Great staging

See it if You love Sutton Foster- she doesn't disappoint in this either. Great theater, every seat is awesome

Don't see it if You don't like older musicals.

Great acting, Great singing, Delightful, Entertaining, Ambitious

See it if Like the concept of the show and if you have an inkling of respect for Sutton Fosters incredible talent; run to see it.

Don't see it if You don't want to see a darker version or cannot get the Fosse moves out of your mind.

Entertaining, Funny, Great acting, Indulgent, Must see

See it if you love Sutton Foster.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy a romantic comedy.

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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