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  Sweet Charity at Freud Playhouse

Sweet Charity

Freud Playhouse
1220 Macgowan Hall Los Angeles

Based on Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” SWEET CHARITY was director Bob Fosse’s riotously colorful valentine to his then-wife, Broadway dancing phenomenon Gwen Verdon. Premiering in 1966, it was nominated for 9 Tony Awards. The story centers on Charity’s life as a dance hall hostess “with a heart of gold,” determined to break out of the Fan-Dango Ballroom. She sings and dances to such rousing classics as “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now."

Thru - Jul 1, 2018

Tuesdays: 8:00pm
Wednesdays: 8:00pm
Thursdays: 8:00pm
Fridays: 8:00pm
Saturdays: 2:00pm & 8:00pm
Sundays: 2:00pm & 7:00pm

Show Type: Drama

  Sweet Charity Reviews
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Los Angeles Times - Somewhat Recommended

"...This Reprise 2.0 production, a collaboration with UCLA's School of Theater, Film and Television, exploits the musical numbers for all their worth. Which raises a question: Why not, in the company's new incarnation, rethink the approach to presenting material that could use a stronger dramaturgical hand?"
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Charles McNulty

Broadway World - Highly Recommended

"...Directed and choreographed by musical theatre whiz Kathleen Marshall with Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach who brilliantly directs a full orchestra seen onstage as part of the staircase set designed by Stephen Gifford, SWEET CHARITY at UCLA's Freud PlayhouseSWEET CHARITY stars Laura Bell Bundy who brings the joy and wonder of Charity Hope Valentine energetically to the Freud Playhouse stage."
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Shari Barrett

Stage and Cinema - Highly Recommended

"...If anything rivals Bundy's extraordinary performance, it's Marshall's time-capsule choreography, a reminder of how Fosse could turn funky '60s dance steps into a brilliant new body language - the infectious, showstopping "Rich Man's Frug" is a showcase for the large ensemble doing a synchronized, twisting, jerky dance craze while the girls exhibit costumer Angela Balogh Calin's great taste in hosiery."
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Tony Frankel

Stage Scene LA - Highly Recommended

"...Three-time Tony-winner Kathleen Marshall and Broadway's original Elle Woods team up with some of L.A.'s finest musical theater talents as Reprise 2.0 treats audiences to Sweet Charity, both the 1966 Neil Simon-Cy Colemen-Dorothy Fields gem and the irrepressibly plucky title character brought to irresistible life by a sensational Laura Bell Bundy on the UCLA Freud Playhouse stage."
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Steven Stanley

Stage Raw - Recommended

"...If you didn't know any better, it would be easy to forget that Sweet Charity, now playing at UCLA, is a musical from the 1960s. What clearly makes it a product of that era is the really good score by Cy Coleman, the kind you don't often hear in contemporary musical theater. But despite that and a few dated references, overall this show feels surprisingly contemporary."
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Katie Buenneke

Vance Stringer - Highly Recommended

"...With music by Cy Coleman (The Will Rogers Follies, On the Twentieth Century) this show is what 1960s Broadway was all about: dance hall girls, draft jokes and a solid book by Neil Simon and choreography by the legendary Bob Fosse (who helmed the 1966 production, starring then-wife Verdon). Reprise 2.0's production, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Kathleen Marshall, is quite honestly more ready for Broadway than some Broadway shows I've seen."
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Vance Stringer

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