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Sweet Charity Slinks Up to 100th Performance

Sweet Charity will reach its 100th performance at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre (302 W. 45th St.) on July 29th at 8 PM.

Starring Emmy Award-winner Christina Applegate as Charity and Tony Award-winner Denis O'Hare as Oscar, the show is a revival of the classic musical about a tough but vulnerable taxi dancer who keeps hope alive no matter how many times her heart is trampled.  After three (rather tumultuous) out-of-town engagements in Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston, the show began preview performances in New York on April 11th and opened on May 4th.   The revival received 3 Tony Award nominations, 4 Outer Critics' Circle Award nominations and 4 Drama Desk nominations, with O'Hare receiving the Drama Desk Award for Featured Actor in a Musical.  The musical also stars Janine LaManna as Nickie, Kyra Da Costa as Helene, with Rob Bartlett as Herman and Paul Schoeffler as Vittorio.

With a (revised) book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields, Sweet Charity is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay (with Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano) for his film Nights of Cabiria.  The production is directed by Tony Award-winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago), choreographed by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento (The Who's Tommy, Wicked) and is produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Clear Channel Entertainment in association with Edwin W. Schloss.  Scott Pask (sets), William Ivey Long (costumes), Brian MacDevitt (lighting),  and Peter Hylenski (sound) are on the design team; Don York is the musical director and Don Sebesky is responsible for orchestrations.

Sweet Charity originally opened at the Palace Theatre on January 29th, 1966 in a production that was staged by the legendary Bob Fosse and starred the equally renowned Gwen Verdon in the title role; it ran for 608 performances.

For information and tickets (which range from $56.25 to $101.25) to Sweet Charity, call (212) 239-6200 or visit Telecharge.com.  For more information on the show, visit www.sweetcharitythemusical.com.

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