Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight

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Writers' Theatre Executive Director Kathryn M. Lipuma and Artistic Director Michael Halberstam present the Writers' Theatre production of Sweet Charity, book by Neil Simon with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, directed by Artistic Director Michael Halberstam with musical direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Jessica Redish. The production runs through March 31, 2013 at Writers' Theatre, 325 Tudor Court, Glencoe, Il. Press Opening is tonight, January 31, 2013 at 7:30pm. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show below!

How many times can a girl make the same mistakes? Charity Valentine's problems aren't unique-a dead end job, a string of dates with identically flawed men and a knack for making the wrong choices. Of course, in her case the job is as a dance hall "hostess" and her dates all seem to end with her being pushed into the lake- but that won't shake her belief that great things lie just ahead. And perhaps they do...

Artistic Director Michael Halberstam gives Charity reasons to sing and dance on the gritty streets of New York, and Musical Director Doug Peck re-imagines the score for a live jazz combo.

The cast includes: Tiffany Topol (Charity), Jarrod Zimmerman (Oscar/Ensemble), Jeff Parker (Vittorio/Ensemble), Ericka Mac (Helene/Ensemble), Karen Burthwright (Nickie/Ensemble), James Earl Jones II (Daddy Brubeck/Herman/Ensemble), Katie Spelman (Rosie/Ensemble), Emily Ariel Rogers (Ursula/Ensemble), Adam Estes (Ensemble), Travis Porchia (Ensemble) and Liam Quealy (Ensemble).

The creative team includes: Collette Pollard (Scenic Designer), David Hyman Costume Designer), John Culbert (Lighting Designer), Joshua Horvath (Sound Designer), Nick Heggestad, (Properties Designer), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Tom Vendafreddo (Piano/Conductor), David Castellanos (Production Stage Manager) and Michael Holtzman, (Assistant Director).

Photo Credit: Michael Brosilow

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight
Fandango Girls: Katie Spelman, Ericka Mac, Karen Burthwright and Emily Ariel Rogers

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight
Tiffany Topol as Charity and Jarrod Zimmerman as Oscar

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight
Tiffany Topol as Charity and Jeff Parker as Vittorio

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight
Tiffany Topol and Company

Photo Flash: First Look at Writers' Theatre's SWEET CHARITY, Opening Tonight

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