Sweet Charity

Original Broadway Production (1966)

Production Info

Previews: January 20, 1966 (10 prev.)
Opening January 29, 1966
Closing: July 15, 1967
Length of Run: 608 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

Credits Highlights

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Staging and Choreography

Cast

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Charity Hope Valentine
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Helene
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Nickie
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Herman
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Ursala
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Vittorio Vidal
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Oscar
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Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck
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Rosie
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Good Fairy

Musical Numbers

Act One

  • Overture .... Orchestra
  • You Should See Yourself .... Charity, Dark Glasses
  • The Rescue .... The Passers-by
  • Big Spender .... Nickie and Helene and the Fan-Dango Girls
  • Charity's Soliloquy .... Charity
  • Rich Man's Frug .... Barbara Sharma, Eddie Gasper and John Sharpe — The Patrons
  • If My Friends Could See Me Now .... Charity
  • Too Many Tomorrows .... Vittorio
  • There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This .... Charity, Nickie, Helene
  • I'm the Bravest Individual .... Charity, Oscar

Act Two

  • Entr'acte .... Orchestra
  • Rhythm of Life .... Daddy Brubeck, Brother Harold, Brother Eddie and Worshippers
  • Baby Dream Your Dream .... Nickie and Helene
  • Sweet Charity .... Oscar
  • Where Am I Going .... Charity
  • I'm a Brass Band .... Charity and her Brass Band
  • I Love to Cry at Weddings .... Herman, Mike, Nickie, Helene, Girls and Patrons

Additional Musical Numbers Lists

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Trivia & History

Helen Gallagher replaced Gwen Verdon in late June 1967. On June 30, it was reported in the New York Times that Gallagher's name would go up in lights on the Palace marquee that night. The Times theatre column in which this was mentioned said that the show would close on August 26.

Gallagher had been playing the role since at least June 22. On the morning of that day, Verdon had emergency surgery at New York Hospital to remove a cyst.

On July 1, Vincent Canby, then working as a second-srring theatre critic for the Times, reviewed the show with Gallagher. He gave Gallagher an essentially favorable review, but with reservations in comparison with Verdon. His overall verdict t was that the show was still good, but not as good as it had been with Verdon.

He concluded by saying that the show would probably be at the Palace for a while. It closed two weeks later, six weeks ahead of schedule. 

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Production Info

Previews: January 20, 1966 (10 prev.)
Opening January 29, 1966
Closing: July 15, 1967
Length of Run: 608 perf.
Run Type: Open-ended

Location Info

Market: Broadway
Location: New York, NY

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