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Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!

MCC Theater launches its 2017-18 season with the NYC premiere of the acclaimed transgender-themed play Charm- inspired by the real-life story of Miss Gloria Allen. Charm is a play by Chicago-based, Jefferson Award-winning playwright Philip Dawkins and will be directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Will Davis. Charm opened last night, September 18, at the Lucille Lortel Theater (121 Christopher Street).

BroadwayWorld is taking you inside the big night below!

Leading the cast of Charm in the role of Mama - a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman - will be actress Sandra Caldwell, in her first major NYC role. Caldwell will be joined by Michael David Baldwin, Jojo Brown, Marky Irene Diven, Michael Lorz, Hailie Sahar, Emmy nominee Kelli Simpkins, Marquise Vilson, and Lauren F. Walker.

When Mama Darleena Andrews-a 67-year-old, black, transgender woman-takes it upon herself to teach an etiquette class at Chicago's LGBTQ community center, the idealistic teachings of Emily Post clash with the very real life challenges of identity, poverty and prejudice faced by her students. Inspired by the true story of Miss Gloria Allen and her work at Chicago's Center on Halsted, Philip Dawkins' Charm asks: How do we lift each other up when the world wants to tear us down?

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Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
The cast of CHARM

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
The cast of CHARM

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
The cast of CHARM

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Miss Gloria Allen, Philip Dawkins, Will Davis

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Miss Gloria Allen

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Miss Gloria Allen

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Philip Dawkins, Miss Gloria Allen, Will Davis

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Robert LuPone, Bernard Telsey, Philip Dawkins, Miss Gloria Allen, Will Davis, William Cantler, Blake West

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Will Davis

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Will Davis

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Philip Dawkins

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Philip Dawkins

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
The cast of CHARM

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
The cast and creative team of CHARM

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Sandra Caldwell, Miss Gloria Allen

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Sandra Caldwell

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Sandra Caldwell

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Hallie Sahar, Miss Gloria Allen

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Michael David Baldwin

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Michael David Baldwin

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Jojo Brown

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Jojo Brown

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Marky Irene Diven

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Marky Irene Diven

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Lauren F. Walker

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Lauren F. Walker

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Hallie Sahar

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Hallie Sahar

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Marquise Vilson

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Marquise Vilson

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Michael Lorz

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Michael Lorz

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Kelli Simpkins

Photo Coverage: MCC's CHARM Celebrates Opening Night!
Kelli Simpkins


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