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Sweet Charity starring Verity Hunt-Ballard at Hayes Theatre Co

February 7, 2014toMarch 9, 2014



* SYDNEY Theatre Shows

Sweet Charity is the first show at the Hayes Theatre. The classic award winning musical is produced by Luckiest Productions and Neil Gooding Productions and starring Verity Hunt-Ballard

  •  7 February – 9 March 2014

Sweet Charity

Charity Hope Valentine is the eternal optimist – a worldview that puts her distinctly at odds with her co-workers in a seedy, run-down dance hall.  Dancing with man after man to pay her rent, she dreams of finally being whisked out of there and rescued by love.  But can Charity wish her way into making love come true?

Sweet Charity  boasts an extraordinary list of musical theatre stars led by Verity Hunt-Ballard, who won the 2011 Helpmann Award as Best Actress in a Musical for her star-making role as Mary Poppins. Other cast members include Helpmann nominees Martin Crewes (Dr Zhivago), and Debora Krizak (A Chorus Line), with Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys, choreography by Andrew Hallsworth, and costume and wig design by Academy Award and Tony winner Tim Chappel.

Other cast include; Lisa Sontag as Helene (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Kuki Tipoki as Big Daddy, (The Boy From Oz), Kirby Burgess, (An Officer and a Gentleman), Rowena Vilar (Carmen in Fame The Musical), Stephanie Grigg, (Maggie in A Chorus Line), Xander Ellis , (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Jakob Ambrose,  (The Addams Family), Seann Matthew Moore, and Francesca O’Donnell.  

Directed by Dean Bryant
Choreography by Andrew Hallsworth
Musical Direction by Andrew Worboys 

Sweet Charity  debuted on Broadway in 1966 as a collaboration between some of Broadway’s most spectacular talents. Cy Coleman’s music effortlessly captures the rhythms and sounds, and Dorothy Fields lyrics the vernacular and fascination of the underground scene, in iconic musical numbers such as Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, and There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This. Neil Simon’s razor-sharp script lifts the veil on the exquisite agony of living on the under-side of life. The legendary Bob Fosse directed and choreographed the original production, and was largely responsible for the musical’s distinctive and lasting identity.

 Created by the legendary Broadway performer Gwen Verdon, the role of Charity has been played by many and varied actresses, including Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 film.  Nancye Hayes – after whom the Hayes Theatre Co is named – played Charity in the original 1967 Australian production. Since then, Kelly Abbey and Sharon Millerchip have played Charity in subsequent Australian productions in 1998 and 2007. 

Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point which was formally the home of the Darlinghurst Theatre Company.  Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, will be a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists.

Luckiest Productions is managed by David Campbell, Lisa Campbell & Richard Carroll with credits including the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2009-11 and An Evening With Megan Mullally. Neil Gooding Productions has produced musicals including The Hatpin, Lovebites, and Gutenberg! The Musical

 Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman 
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano
Produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse
Costume & Wig Design by Tim Chappel
Set Design by Owen Phillips
Lighting Design by Ross Graham 



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