‘Sweet Charity’ Bows In Westfield Thursday

Jersey Comedian Takes Stage to Benefit Local Charity

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield High School Theatre Department is presenting the musical “Sweet Charity” Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

The show features a book by Neil Simon, score by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and original choreography by Bob Fosse..

Inspired by Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria,” “Sweet Charity” explores the turbulent love life of Charity Hope Valentine (Nicole Player), a hopelessly romantic but comically unfortunate dance hall hostess in 1960s New York City.

“‘Sweet Charity’ is literally a story about ‘Hope’, a young woman with hopeful romanticism and unfailing optimism, something that everyone can relate to,” said Director Daniel Devlin. “In the end, Charity realizes, as many of us do as well, that the real answer to happiness lies somewhere inside her hope and her heart”.

Charity is determined to change her life for the better after being unceremoniously dumped by her latest boyfriend Charlie (Finn McGurn). Singing, dancing, laughing and crying her way through one misadventure after the next, Charity joins a host of other vibrant characters including cynical girlfriends, her sleazy manager Herman (Matthew Siroti), an Italian film heartthrob Vittorio Vidal (Daniel Shakal), and the phony evangelist Daddy Brubeck (Sean Marner), as she embarks on a wild ride and quest for love. Will her luck change when she meets a hilariously claustrophobic tax accountant, Oscar Lindquist (Matthew Meixner).

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, the musical comedy features the choreography of Bob Fosse, and musical theatre numbers like “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Other featured cast include, Alex Sica, Elisa Saint-Denis, Emma Herber, Lily Paone, Katie Ceraso, Abbie Painter, Julia Salvato, Talia McRoberts, McKenzie Waddell, Liz Rosenberg, as the Taxi Dancers.

Members of the show’s ensemble include, Sammy Bauer, Olivia Bergman, Michael Bonner, Eva Boyes, Anthony Butera, Maeve Collins, Olivia Ebel, Roselyne Garabete, Jessie Karlin, Noah Lipkind, Kayla Louison, Joshua Madera, Finn McGurn, Vincent Mora, Aishik Palit, Gianni Pizzi, Sarah Rappoport, Caroline Schafer, Meredith Shepherd, Alyrie Silverman, Sophie Tananbaum, Andrew Zanfagna.

In addition to the on-stage talent, WHS students play a large role behind the scenes, working on the show’s costumes, makeup, props, lighting and sound, and designing and building the set.

The award winning Westfield High School Theatre Department is an inclusive community offering outstanding opportunities for all students to develop their skills in acting, technical theatre, and live performance. Its mission is to help every student reach their highest potential as an artist and as an individual.

Tickets for “Sweet Charity” are $14 each and are on sale at whstd.booktix.com. Advance purchases are recommended. Any tickets not sold in advance will be available at the door. Tickets are reserved seating. Performances are March 14, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in the auditorium of Westfield High School, located at 550 Dorian Road.

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