Sweet Charity

Nov. 4 – 20, 2016 // Ethel M. Barber Theater
Music by Cy Coleman // Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Book by Neil Simon
Directed & Choreographed by Tommy Rapley

Meet Charity Hope Valentine, the optimistic dance hall hostess who sings, dances and pours her heart out to one undeserving man after another in her pursuit of finding true love.  Emboldened by her girlfriends at the Fan-Dango Ballroom, the hard-working women declare their intent to obtain the better lives that they deserve. However, the deceptively charming men in their life can make their hope for a brighter tomorrow seem unreachable. Still the hopeful romantic, Charity marches and dances onward in her pursuit of love, happiness, and blissful self-enlightenment.

Tommy Rapley (Director & Choreographer) is a proud Company Member with The House Theatre of Chicago where he has choreographed over 20 world-premieres including THE SPARROW (Jeff Award), CAVE WITH MAN (Jeff Award), THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY OF PETER PAN and DEATH AND HARRY HOUDINI. Directing credits for The House include THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE WIZARD OF OZ, HOPE SPRINGS INFERNAL, ALL THE FAME OF LOFTY DEEDS and their critically acclaimed productions of THE NUTCRACKER. Other notable Chicago credits: AIDA (Drury Lane Oakbrook), DETROITt (Steppenwolf Theatre Company), THREEPENNY OPERA (The Hypocrites), 100 DRESSES, GOODNIGHT MOON, and A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD (Chicago Children's Theatre), YEAST NATION (American Theater Company), and A CHRISTMAS CAROL (Goodman Theatre, '13). He has worked regionally with Hartford Stage Company, Kansas City Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Previously at Northwestern University he directed Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY.

Music Director: Ryan Nelson
Scenic Designer : Sotirios Livaditis
Costume Designer: Amanda Gladu
Lighting Designer: Sara Gosses
Sound Designer Aaron Quick
Stage Manager: Bryanna Barry


Adult $30
Seniors (62+) $27
Area Educator $27
NU Faculty/Staff $25
Full-Time Student $10
NU Student $6/Adv. $10/Door

November 4 - 20
2:00PM SUN

Post-show discussion on Thursday, Nov. 17.
No performance Thursday, Nov. 10.

The running time for this production is 2 hours and 25 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.


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