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Sweet Charity

Sweet Charity, the Tony Award-winning musical which will open at Broward’s Stage Door Theatre on November 4th and run through December 11th at the Broward Stage Door Theatre.  Neil Simon’s sparklingly clever script, loosely adapted from Fellini’s “Nights in Cabiria”, follows Charity (and some of her very unusual friends) through a series of misadventures, and documents her constant and unfortunate tendency to offer her heart to the wrong man.  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.  Coleman and Fields’ Tony Award-winning musical’s score includes songs that have become classics in America’s musical theatre lexicon, including Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, Baby, Dream Your Dream, and Too Many Tomorrows.

Sweet Charity has always been one of my favorite musicals,” says the show’s Carbonell Award-winning director, Michael Leeds.  With a score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields and a book by Neil Simon, the show is sheer entertainment from start to finish.” “It’s a large cast and it calls for a strong ensemble, (17!) able to handle the Fosse-esque numbers”, Leeds continues.   “Luckily, we’ve got a terrific choreographer, Danny Durr who honors Fosse while still making these numbers his own.   Of course, there’s no Sweet Charity without a – well – sweet Charity and Kristina Huegel is a triple threat who will knock you out.  As you can tell, I’m very excited about this show!” he says.

Kristina Huegel will be joined on stage by Richard Lafleur as Oscar Lindquist, Rick Hvizdak as Vidal, Larry Buzzeo as Herman, and Rasheem Ford as Daddy Brubeck.  Also in the cast are Vickie Anderson, Brody Awalt, Matthew Blum, Jerel Brown, Keagan Tanner Cerny, Jonathan Eisele, Nicole Kinzel, Natalie McPherson, Eddie Morales, Kaylee Olson,  Melissa Rapelje,  Casey Sacco, Sierra Stacy, Eduardo Uribe, Imani Pearl Williams, and Kelly Ziegler.   Along with choreographer Durr, who is currently starring in Stage Door’s Carbonell Recommended Swing! Swing! Swing!, Sweet Charity’s production team includes Dave Nagy as the production’s musical director and pianist,  Ardean Landhuis as lighting designer, Rushnay Henry as sound designer, and Michael McClain, who has designed the set.

Sweet Charity will run from November 4 – December at Stage Door Theatre. The theatre is located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate.  Tickets for Sweet Charity are $38 – $42; $16 student tickets are also available.  Tickets may be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office at 954-344-7765 or on line at