Lincolnshire, IL – From the high-spirited bustling and gritty streets of 1960s New York City comes the Tony Award-winning Broadway phenomenon, SWEET CHARITY, continuing Marriott Theatre’s sensational 2018 season, running September 5 through October 28 with a press opening on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:30 p.m. at 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. Based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for “Nights of Cabiria”, SWEET CHARITY features a captivating, groovy, mid-1960s score by Cy Coleman, sparkling lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and a hilarious book by Neil Simon. Nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the inspiration for the Oscar-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and John McMartin, SWEET CHARITY captures all the energy, humor, and heartbreak of life in the big city for an unfortunate but irrepressible optimist. Captivating dance sequences are brought to life on stage by Jeff Award-nominee Alex Sanchez (Marriott Theatre: Newsies, On the Town, Mary Poppins), who brings his high-octane brilliance to direct and choreograph the dazzling hit. Sanchez is joined by Jeff Award-winning Musical Director Ryan T. Nelson.
“In approaching SWEET CHARITY, I focused a great deal on Charity’s courage and optimism,” says Alex Sanchez. “My goal is to highlight the epiphanies Charity discovers throughout her life journey, and how her positive outlook and willingness to become a better person can overcome all obstacles she is faced with.”
A comedy in every sense of the word, SWEET CHARITY follows the trials and tribulations of Charity Hope Valentine, a love-starved, hopelessly romantic dance hall hostess with a heart of gold. Unlucky in love and life, Charity is determined to change her life for the better after being unceremoniously dumped by her latest boyfriend. Singing, dancing, laughing and crying her way through one misadventure after the next, the comically unfortunate Charity joins a host of other vibrant characters including cynical girlfriends, an Italian film heartthrob, and the phony evangelist Daddy Brubeck, as she embarks on a wild ride and quest for love. Will her luck change when she meets a hilariously claustrophobic tax accountant, Oscar Lindquist? The electrifying musical comedy brings back all the breathtaking choreography and original classic hits including “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Too Many Tomorrows,” “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This,” “I’m a Brass Band,” and “Baby, Dream Your Dream.”
SWEET CHARITY stars Anne Horak as “Charity Hope Valentine” (Broadway: Chicago, White Christmas), Alex Goodrich as “Oscar Lindquist” (The Marriott Theatre: World Premiere of HERO, She Loves Me, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying, ELF, and On the Town); Adam Jacobs as “Vittorio Vidal” (Broadway: Aladdin, The Lion King, Les Misérables), NaTonia Monét as “Helene,” Dani Spieler as “Nickie,” Kenny Ingram as “Daddy Brubeck,” Terry Hamilton as “Herman,” and Alexandra Palkovic as “Ursula,” with Joe Bigelow, Elyse Collier, Lexis Danca, Alex Dorf, Alejandro Fonseca, Eben K. Logan, Hanah Rose Nardone, Liam Quealy, Adam Rogers, Laura Savage, Alex Smith, Kyra Sorce, and Jessica Wolfrum.
The production will feature set design by Scott Davis, costume design by Mieka van der Ploeg, lighting design by Jesse Klug, video design by Anthony Churchill, sound design by Bob Gilmartin, properties design by Sally Zach, and musical supervision and orchestra conducted by Patti Garwood.
The performance schedule for SWEET CHARITY is Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., with select Thursday 1:00 p.m. shows. Ticket prices range from $50 to $60, including tax and handling fees. Call for student, senior, and military discounts. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings, there are a limited number of dinner and theatre packages available, which can only be purchased through the Marriott Theatre Box Office. On Wednesday and Thursday evenings there are a limited number of dinner-theatre packages available for purchase through the Marriott Theatre Box Office. To make a restaurant reservation, please call 847.634.0100. Free parking is available at all performances. To reserve tickets, please call The Marriott Theatre Box Office at 847.634.0200 or go to www.ticketmaster.com. Visit www.MarriottTheatre.com for more information.