Saturday, July 30, 2011

9 Works Theatrical's "Sweet Charity" (Aug 5-27, 2011)

9 Works Theatrical proudly presents Sweet Charity, Broadway’s most sensational spectacle and critically-acclaimed dance comedy musical. It is set in the 1960’s in a night club in Manhattan. Follow the groove and dance to the beat beginning August 5, 2011 at 8pm.

Sweet Charity (book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields, and conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse whose name is synonymous to “All That Jazz” and “Chicago”) is about a taxi dancer’s adventures and misadventures in the ways of love and who always gives her heart, and her earnings, to the wrong man.

Sweet Charity was originally directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse when it premiered in Broadway in 1966. With over 600 performances, the production won the Tony Award for Best Choreography in the same year before opening in London a year later. A 1969 film version of Sweet Charity starred Shirley MacLaine; a Broadway revival in 2005 featured Christine Applegate.

Sweet Charity follows the misadventures of dance-hall hostess Charity Hope Valentine, a woman who believes in that swoony, goopy, look into your eyes forever kind of love. In a desperate attempt to find Mr. Right, she always ends up giving her heart and her dreams to the wrong man.

According to Robbie Guevara who is directing Sweet Charity, “This is one production that is a musical in every sense of the word. It's a dancing show, too, with great opportunity for use of dramatic movement. And with Cy Coleman’s rhythms and sounds, and Dorothy Fields’ vernacular fun of 1960’s New York, there will be all-time great show-stopping numbers that will really sizzle.”

Cy Coleman's music has jazzy and blues influence as well as inspiring ballads, featuring such hits as “ Hey, Big Spender,”  “If My Friends Could See Me Now ” and “ The Rhythm of Life. ” The techno, percussion orchestrations tie in beautifully with Dorothy Field's lively and witty lyrics. And with a pit orchestra under Musical Director and Conductor Joseph Tolentino and Musical Director for Vocals Sweet Plantado, expect the musical’s stupendous jazzy score to be delivered with flair.

The Main Cast:

 (left) NIKKI GIL as Charity Hope Valentine, a kooky, feisty, punchy and a bubbly dance hall hostess in New York. (right) KRIS LAWRENCE as Oscar Lindquist, a claustrophobic, wimpy nervous man who Charity befriends in a stalled elevator. 

(left) SHIELA VALDERRAMA-MARTINEZ as Nickie, one of Charity’s closest confidantes at the Fandango Ballroom. (right) CIARA SOTTO as Helene, another close confidante of Charity’s. 
(left) SHEREE BAUTISTA as Carmen, one of Charity’s co-dancers. (right) MIGUEL FAUSTMANN as Herman, the authoritarian owner of the Fandango Ballroom and Charity's boss. 

(left) OJ MARIANO plays the dual role of Vittorio Vidal, the charming, egotistical and confident Italian film star, and Daddy Johann Sebastian Brubeck, the enigmatic leader of the Rhythm of Life Church. (right) ANGELA PADILLA as Ursala March, the melodramatic actress and Vittorio's girlfriend.

The Ensemble:

 Caisa Borromeo    |   Chinie Nepomuceno

Vinia Pamplona   |   Carmelle Ros

Topper Fabregas   |   Job Bautista

Francis Matheu    |    Anthony Tarrosa Ong

Chai Relucio   |   Peter Alcedo

The Artistic Team:
Robbie Guevara (Director)
Lorenz Martinez (Assistant Director)
Joseph Tolentino (Musical Director – Pit Orchestra)
Sweet Plantado (Musical Director – Vocals)
Mio Infante (Scenographer)
Martin Esteva (Lighting Designer)
Mio Infante and Hanna De los Reyes (Costume Stylists and Designers)
Dale Amon (Graphic Designer)
Roy Macam (Photographer)

The Production Team: 
Santi Santamaria (Executive Producer)
Anna Santamaria (Company Manager)
Toff de Venecia (Marketing & PR Director)
Toots Tolentino (PR Consultant)
Jonjon Martin (PR Manager)
Carlos Canlas (HR Manager)
Sunshine Domine (Production Manager)
Aries Alcayaga (Stage Manager)

Sweet Charity runs from August 5 to 27, 2011 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Ayala Corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenues, Makati City.

  • Friday: 8pm or 830pm
  • Saturday: 330pm & 8pm
  • Sunday: 4pm

A limited number of performances are available for fundraising and block-buying. For more info, please call (632) 557-5860, 586-7105 or +63.917.5545560 or email  

Sweet Charity is presented by 9 Works Theatrical in cooperation with The Rockwell Club. Made Possible with Make Up For Ever and Café Mediterranean. Also brought to you by Dusit Thani Manila and Chocolate Schubar. Media Partners include The Lifestyle Network, Velvet Channel, Metro Magazine, Maven Magazine, Business World and Focus Media Audiovisuals. With special participation of Movement Dance Studio and Opus. It is produced by, arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by Tams-Witmark Music Library, Inc. Based on the original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli and Ennio Plaiano; produced for the Broadway Stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris.

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