Backstage Pass with Lia Chang

Photos: Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Emily Padgett, Shuler Hensley, Nikka Graff Lanzarone in The New Group’s SWEET CHARITY, Extends through Jan. 8

The New Group’s Sweet Charity, which began previews on November 2,  has been extended a third time through January 8 at The Pershing Square Signature Center (The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 West 42nd Street). Opening night is Sunday, November 20, 2016. Click here for tickets and more information.

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Emily Padgett, Donald Jones, Jr., Sutton Foster, Joel Perez, Cody Williams. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

This production of the classic musical Sweet Charity (Book by Neil Simon; Music by Cy Coleman; Lyrics by Dorothy Fields), stars two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster (“Younger,” Violet, Anything Goes) as Charity Hope Valentine, the sassy, diehard romantic dancehall hostess whose naivety and overeager embrace of every man she meets keeps getting her in hot water. Performed in an intimate setting with original choreography by Joshua Bergasse (On the Town), this production of Sweet Charity has been given a fresh, modern perspective by director Leigh Silverman (Violet, Well).

Sutton Foster and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sutton Foster and Joel Perez. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

The company of Sweet Charity includes Yesenia Ayala (Ensemble), Darius Barnes (Ensemble), James Brown III (Ensemble), Lori Ann Ferreri (Swing), Sutton Foster (Charity Hope Valentine), Asmeret Ghebremichael (Nickie), Shuler Hensley (Oscar), Sasha Hutchings (Rosie/Ensemble), Donald Jones, Jr. (Ensemble), Nikka Graff Lanzarone (Ursula/Ensemble), Emily Padgett (Helene), Joel Perez (Herman/ Vittorio/Daddy Brubeck), Cody Williams (Ensemble) and Ryan Worsing (Swing).

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Emily Padgett, Sutton Foster, Asmeret Ghebremichael. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

This production features Scenic Design by Derek McLane, Costume Design by Clint Ramos, Lighting Design by Jeff Croiter, Sound Design by Leon Rothenberg, Make-Up Design by Joe Dulude II, Wig and Hair Design by George G. LaPointe, Orchestrations by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Music Direction by Georgia Stitt. Production Supervisor is Production Core. Production Stage Manager is Valerie A. Peterson. Casting is by Judy Henderson, CSA.

Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sweet Charity is presented by The New Group in association with Kevin McCollum.

Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sutton Foster, Shuler Hensley and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sweet Charity premiered January 29, 1966 at the Palace Theatre; it was nominated for nine Tony Awards, winning one for Bob Fosse’s choreography. The film adaptation, directed by Fosse, premiered in 1969; it was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Music, Score of a Musical Picture (Original or Adaptation). A Broadway revival opened at the Minskoff Theatre on April 27, 1986; it won four Tony Awards, including Best Revival. The 2005 Broadway revival opened at the Al Hirschfield Theatre on May 4 of that year; it was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. A London revival opened at the Menier Chocolate Factory on November 21, 2009 before opening at the West End’s Haymarket Theatre on May 4, 2010; it received three Olivier nominations, including Best Musical Revival. The most recent major revival took place in 2014 in Sydney, Australia, as the first production of the Hayes Theatre Co.; this critically-acclaimed production transferred to Playhouse in the Sydney Opera House, where it opened January 15, 2015.

Sutton Foster and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sutton Foster and cast. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Sweet Charity is based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Ennio Plaiano. Originally produced for the Broadway stage by Fryer, Carr and Harris. Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse.

Asmeret Ghebremichael and Emily Padgett. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Asmeret Ghebremichael and Emily Padgett. Photo Credit: Monique Carboni

Productions in The New Group’s 2016-2017 Season take place at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street).

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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