Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity, based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for Nights of Cabiria, is a musical directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and book by Neil Simon.

The original Broadway production opened on January 29, 1966 at the Palace Theatre, and ran for 608 performances. It starred Gwen Verdon, John McMartin, Helen Gallagher, Thelma Oliver, James Luisi, Arnold Soboloff, and Sharon Ritchie. The production was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning only one, for Fosse’s choreography. The show had a London production at the Prince of Wales Theatre in 1967.

The 1969 film version, Sweet Charity, also directed and choreographed by Fosse, starred Shirley MacLaine and McMartin, recreating his original Broadway role. The movie also included Chita Rivera, Paula Kelly, Stubby Kaye, Barbara Bouchet, Ricardo Montalban, Sammy Davis, Jr., Barbara Bouchet, Suzanne Charney, Alan Hewitt, Dante DiPaolo, Bud Vest, Ben Vereen, Lee Roy Reams, and Al Lanti. The movie was notable for costumes by Edith Head and of course its dance sequences (notably The Rich Man’s Frug).

Cast & Creative

Cast List

Character Actor
Charity Margaret Bougton
Helene Angela Sturgeon
Nickie Marion Alais
Carmen Margaret Collier
Herman Clive Tibbits
Ursula Anne Tustin
Vidal Roger Roseboom
Manfred Peter Barnett
Oscar Andrew Yeates
Big Daddy Douglas Roberts
Big Daddy's Assistant Dave Evans
Big Daddy's Assistant Peter Barnett
Rose Mandy Stenhouse
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Sandra Buckland
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Jackie Clarke
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Merion Ganjou
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Ellen Harvey-Smart
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Lindsey Howie
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Annie Kitcherside
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Rachel Marks
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Jan Rayner
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Joyce Stewart
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Barbara Thomas
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Janet Turner
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Clare Walker
Fandango Ballroom Hostess Beryl Yorath
Dancer Pauline Beament
Dancer Debbie Harkness
Dancer Yvonne Sibbald
Dancer Frances Warhurst
Dancer Jonathan Kinns
Dancer Mark Tooley
Chorus Rebecca Cooksey
Chorus Barbara Hall
Chorus Marion McLaren
Chorus Gerry Parsons
Chorus Louise Stevenson
Chorus Jackie Williams
Chorus John Barker
Chorus Robin Mason
Chorus Richard Matthaie
Chorus Andrew Macbean
Chorus Ron Pharo
Chorus Paul Saunders
Chorus Peter Vaughan

Show Date: October 1984

Venue: Questors Theatre - Ealing

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