The Little Theatre,
Sweet Charity - music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon.
It was directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin. It is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for Nights of Cabiria. However, where Fellini's black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall.
The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.
The musical was adapted for the screen in 1969 with Shirley MacLaine as Charity and John McMartin recreating his Broadway role as Oscar Lindquist.
Bob Fosse directed and choreographed this film.
Rehearsal Photographs, courtesy of Ian Martin: (Please click to enlarge)
The Production Team:
A selection of Musical numbers
To view clips of the Performance numbers by original artists (Courtesy of You Tube) please click the play buttons against each listing and return to the window above to view.
|Hey Big Spender|
|Rich Man's Frug|
|If My Friend's Could See Me Now|
|Rhythm of Life|
|Where Am I Going|
|I Love To Cry At Weddings|