“Sweet Charity” Looks for Romance at MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre April 22-May 1


The funny, poignant saga of Charity Hope Valentine is coming to MCCC's Kelsey Theatre when Pierrot Productions presents “Sweet Charity” in April. Dates and times for this award-winning musical are: Fridays and Saturdays, April 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., and Sundays, April 24 and May 1 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre is located on Mercer West Windsor campus at 1200 Old Trenton Road. An Opening Night Gala follows the performance on April 22 to give audience members a chance to meet the cast and crew.

Taken from a book by Neil Simon, with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, “Sweet Charity” affectionately chronicles the misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance-hall hostess who always gives her heart – and her earnings – to the wrong man. Despite her trials, Charity never falters in her search for true love and a decent life. Fourteen classic songs, including "If My Friends Could See Me Now," "Big Spender" and "Baby, Dream Your Dream," will have the audience singing along as Charity laughs and cries her way through hard times.

The original “Sweet Charity” premiered on Broadway in 1966, directed by Bob Fosse and starring Gwen Verdon. A film version featuring Shirley MacLaine followed in 1967. A 1986 revival of the show, which starred Debbie Allen, won four Tony Awards. And, starting on April 21, 2005, “Sweet Charity” will again dazzle Broadway audiences – overlapping the show’s run at Kelsey Theatre.

Headlining this sizzling production is Melissa Marschner as Charity. Also starring are Andrea Cartagena as Ursula March, Vince Gagliano as Vittorio Vidal, Luddy Iezzo as Herman, Abbey Newell as Nickie, Kurt Penney of Pennington as Oscar, and Joanna Woodruff as Helene. Other featured cast members include Nora Boronkay as Carmen, James Bryan as Daddy's Assistant, Caroline Fabian as Rosie, Allie Farina as Betsie, Keith Nielsen as Manfred, Jim Palmer as Daddy, John Ragazzo as Daddy’s Assistant, Michelle Rittmann as Suzanne, Andrea Russell as Elaine, and Tara Wood as Frenchy.

Ensemble members include: Jim Cordingley, Stacy Danka, Dana Fiero, Tom Gates, Kendra Hill, Lori Howard, Nicki Kinsell, Emily Markoe, John Russell, Sam Tower and Krystal Vozza. The show’s director is Pete LaBriola; musical direction is by Lou Woodruff, with choreography by Andrea Russell of Hamilton.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children. Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be purchased online or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-584-9444. Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible and provides assisted listening devices upon request.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey webpage or call the box office for a brochure.

Andrea Cartagena is Ursula March, Vince Gagliano is Vittorio Vidal
and Luddy Iezzo is Herman.

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Introducing the Principals:

Melissa Marschner is Charity Hope Valentine.

Kurty Penney is Oscar.

Abbey Newell is Nickie.

Joanna Woodruff is Helene.