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Sweet Charity now in previews at the Shaw Festival

- Julie Martell returns to the Festival as the indomitable Charity Hope Valentine -

Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON (April 17, 2015) — The Shaw’s production of Sweet Charity, the Tony Award® -winning musical, begins previews today at the Festival Theatre. Directed by Morris Panych, Sweet Charity electrifies the stage with the sounds of New York in the late 1960s with unforgettable musical numbers like “Big Spender” and “If My Friends Could See Me Now.”

Unlucky in love, but ever-hopeful dancer-for-hire, Charity Hope Valentine (Julie Martell) wears her heart on her sleeve. Working at the Fandango Ballroom with friends Nickie (Kimberley Rampersad) and Helene (Melanie Phillipson), Charity unwaveringly believes she’ll find love and a life of domestic bliss. When she meets the meek, but sweet, Oscar Lindquist (Kyle Blair), she believes she’s finally found “The One.”

Featuring a powerhouse cast of the Shaw Ensemble, Sweet Charity also includes Jeremy Carver-James, Jacqueline Thair, Jay Turvey and Mark Uhre. Sweet Charity includes musical direction by Paul Sportelli, choreography by Parker Esse, set design by Ken MacDonald, costume design by Charlotte Dean, lighting design by Bonnie Beecher, projection design by Cameron Davis and sound design by John Lott.

Sweet Charity is on stage at the Festival Theatre (10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake) from April 17 to October 31 (Opening May 16). Sweet Charity is sponsored by TD Bank Group.

Cast: (in alphabetical order)

David Ball
Kyle Blair
Jeremy Carver-James
Jasmine Chen
Colton Curtis
Howard J. Davis
Starr Domingue
Kristi Frank
Lindsey Frazier
Kelly Grainger
Aaron Hastelow
Grant Landry
Julie Martell
Julian Molnar
Matt Nethersole
Melanie Phillipson
Kimberley Rampersad
Kiera Sangster
Travis Seetoo
Genny Sermonia
Jacqueline Thair
Jay Turvey
Mark Uhre
Marvin/Ensemble
Oscar Lindquist
Daddy Brubeck
Suzanne/Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Frenchy/Ensemble
Rosie/Ensemble
Elaine/Ensemble
Betsy/Ensemble
Manfred/Ensemble
Charlie/Ensemble
Charity Valentine
Alice/Ensemble
Harry/Ensemble
Helene
Nickie
Carmen/Ensemble
Ensemble
Ensemble
Ursula
Herman
Vittorio Vidal

Creative Team:

Morris Panych
Paul Sportelli
Parker Esse
Ken MacDonald
Charlotte Dean
Bonnie Beecher
Cameron Davis
John Lott
Allan Teichman
Annie McWhinnie
Leigh McClymont
Director
Musical Director
Choreographer
Set Designer
Costume Designer
Lighting Designer
Projections Designer
Sound Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager

About Sweet Charity

Book by Neil Simon; music by Cy Coleman; lyrics by Dorothy Fields.
Based on the original screenplay by Frederico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Flaiano.
Produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris.
Originally conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse.

The Shaw Festival’s 2015 season began April 8, runs until November 1 and features 10 productions presented on the Festival’s four Niagara-on-the-Lake stages. For more information on the 2015 season, performance schedule or tickets, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-SHAW.

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