Sweet Charity Revival Cast Album to Be Released on June 24th

By: Apr. 25, 2005
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Written by Maya Cantu

A cast recording of the Sweet Charity revival will be released in stores on June 24th.

Although DRG is committed to producing the recording, it is anyone's guess as to the exact tunestack. Songs were cut and added during the show's tumultuous out-of-town tryout, and the classic Cy Coleman-Dorothy Fields score continues to be rearranged in previews. Two new songs--"A Good Impression" and "If There Were More People"--were respectively added out-of-town for Denis O'Hare's and Ernie Sabella's characters. The latter song replaced "I Love To Cry At Weddings," which may well be back in for the show's May 4th opening at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

Sweet Charity has had three previous recordings--a 1966 original cast album with Gwen Verdon, a soundtrack with Shirley MacLaine and a 1987 revival cast album with Debbie Allen. Each recording featured a slightly different set of songs, although hit songs such as "If I My Friends Could See Me Now," "There's Gotta Be Something Better Than This," and "Big Spender" were mainstays.

The Sweet Charity revival has been beset with obstacles, and made it to Broadway despite an announcement of cancellation from its producers, Barry and Fran Weissler. Star Christina Applegate broke her ankle during a tryout performance in Chicago, and was replaced by understudy Charlotte D'Amboise for the show's Boston engagement. D'Amboise played the title role of the sassy-but-vulnerable taxi dancer during early previews, but a recovered Applegate has been performing her star turn since April 18th and will open in the show in time for Tony voting deadlines.

Sweet Charity's book (based on the Fellini films Nights of Cabiria) is by Neil Simon, and the revival is directed by Walter Bobbie, choreographed by Wayne Cilento and conducted by Donald York. On the design team are Scott Pask (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound).