September 7- 9 & 11-16 2000 Sandfield Theatre. Nottingham Youth Theatre and The Brassery present Sweet Charity - Based on a Fellini screenplay, the original show was a tour de force in 1966 for Director/Choreographer Bob Fosse. It was filmed three years later with Shirley MacLaine, Ricardo Montalban and Sammy Davis Jr, with Fosse again in control of the staging, the choreography and the direction. The book was written by Neil Simon, possibly better known for his plays Barefoot in the Park which opened on Broadway with a young Robert Redford, The Odd Couple, The Prisoner of Second Avenue and Plaza Suite. Music by Cy Coleman who had a successful collaboration with Carolyn Leigh before teaming up with Dorothy Fields for this show. They followed it with a much weaker sequel called Seesaw, but Coleman went on to write the very popular Barnum in 1980. Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics for this show when she was 62, after memorable collaborations with Jerome Kern (A Fine Romance, the Way You Look Tonight), Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, (Annie Get Your Gun). She was consistently in demand as a lyricist throughout her life and died a year after Seesaw in 1974. Bob Fosse is also known for his direction and choreography in Cabaret, Chicago and All That Jazz. He died on his way to a theatrical revival of Sweet Charity in 1987. At the time of this production, there was a show in the West End about him called simply Fosse.
Alistair Conquer, Steve Parry, Sarah Dudley, Phil Smith/ Helen Davies
NYT & Brassery