The Boca Raton Theatre Guild at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park presents the Tony Award-winning musical Sweet Charity, starring Margot Moreland, from March 2nd -18th. The story follows dance hall hostess, and eternal optimist, Charity Hope Valentine through a series of misadventures, on her quest for true love.
Neil Simon’s sparklingly clever script, loosely adapted from Fellini’s Nights in Cabiria. Simon updated the story from Rome in the 1950s to New York City in the 1960s while the hippie culture was just emerging, and taxi dancers were quickly becoming relics. The score, with its witty lyrics by Dorothy Fields, features such classics as “Big Spender”, “If They Could See Me Now”, “and “Rhythm of Life”.
Margot Moreland is the recipient of three Carbonell Awards, and four Curtain Up Awards. In addition to her distinguished career on stage, her film and TV credits include roles in Cape Fear, and Meet The Patersons. She is a member of AEA, SAG and AFTRA and has taught various classes in musical theater and audition skills for undergraduates as well as litigation skills for trial lawyers to law students at the University of Miami.
Playwright Neil Simon received Tony Awards for Biloxi Blues and Lost in Yonkers, and has received a total of fifteen Tony Award nominations for his work in shows such as Little Me, The Odd Couple, Sweet Charity, Plaza Suite, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Sunshine Boys, They’re Playing Our Song and Broadway Bound. Neil Simon writes with an honesty and humanity that is timeless, and justifiably remains one of America’s most successful and prolific playwrights. His plays are all to some extent a reflection of the his own life, often paying homage to his beloved New York City.
“This is Neil Simon doing what he did best: a bittersweet comedy with plenty of memorable zingers and clever situations,” says the musical’s director Keith Garsson. “In this case it’s a dream cast with one of South Florida’s finest musical comediennes, Margot Moreland, as Charity. Margot has always wanted to play this role. The timing was perfect, and early rehearsals proved she owned this part immediately.”
Miss Moreland said: “I believe that Florida chose me, and I am supposed to be here in Florida. After school I went to New York City and had a successful career underway there. Then my great-grandmother suddenly became ill, and I came home to help my mother take care of her. Since I was here, I auditioned locally, and my career has grown from there. My family is still in Florida and I audition here because I like being around them. But if something comes up somewhere else, I will go where the work is. My life is my career, and my career is my life. I like to call it my drug of choice! I don’t think I have had any one role in which I can say I made the biggest impact. I try to approach every role like it is the one that would change my life.”
This Boca Raton Theatre Guild production of Sweet Charity will be appearing March 2 – 18, 2012 at The Willow Theatre. The Willow Theatre is located inside Sugar Sand Park at 301 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, Florida. The Boca Raton Theatre Guild is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing professional productions and advancing the art of theatre in the South Florida community. Performances of Sweet Charity are Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00pm, and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00pm. All tickets are $20, and may be purchased by calling the Willow Theatre box office at 561-347-3948. For Group Sales call 561-948-2601. For more information please visit the Boca Raton Theatre Guild’s website at www.brtg.org.