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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
$15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for students and children.
Free parking is available next to the theatre. Tickets may be
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.
Cartagena is Ursula March, Vince Gagliano is Vittorio Vidal
and Luddy Iezzo is Herman.
For more on
events at Kelsey see:
Kelsey Performance Schedule
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Marschner is Charity Hope Valentine.
Penney is Oscar.
Newell is Nickie.
Woodruff is Helene.