WHERE AND WHEN
July 26 to August 19, 2012
Presented by New Haarlem Arts Theatre
Aaron Davis Hall (Theater B), 135th Street and Convent Ave. (Hamilton Heights)
Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00 PM, matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 PM. $30 general admission, $25 seniors, $15 students; $10 with CUNY ID.
Opening night tickets July 28 at 7:00 PM are $100 (includes performance and reception; evening dress suggested).
Company's website: www.newhaarlemartstheatre.org
Box office SMARTTIX (212) 868-4444, www.smarttix.com
Running time: 2:30 with intermission.
Critics are invited on or after the JULY 28 (7:00 PM show).
SUBWAYS #1 to 137th Street; C train to 135th Street or A, D to 145th Street.
FREE PARKING is available in the South Campus Parking Lot (enter at 133rd Street and Convent Ave.).
NEW YORK, June 21 -- The Latino spirit is alive in New Harlem Arts Theatre's upcoming production of "Sweet Charity," directed by Julio Agustin, to be presented July 26 to August 19 at CCNY's Aaron Davis Hall, 135th Street and Convent Ave. The characters of the classic sixties musical will be re-envisioned to reflect the changing roles of Latinos in our society while the traditional music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon will be preserved. The 1966 Broadway tuner was originally conceived, staged and choreographed by Bob Fosse. Director Julio Agustin has tapped choreographer Lainie Munro for the job of nestling his radical new concept into Fosse's formative jazz dances.
"Sweet Charity" was originally based on Federico Fellini's screenplay," Nights of Cabiria," a tale of the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, with the central character adapted to a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. Agustin saw similarities between this endearing protagonist and a succession of Latina stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria, Eva Mendez, Shakira and Rita Hayworth, each of whom, through tumultuous relationships and (for the most part) public divorces, maintained a public image of innocence and held out hope for a love that is happily-ever-after. ("I am a good, gentle person, but I am attracted to mean personalities" confessed Margarita Carmen Cansino, better known as Rita Hayworth.) Thus was born an idea to make the title character into Caridad, a Latina Sweet Charity, setting the musical in a neighborhood that is 60s in feel and fun, but also urban, edgy and contemporary.
Watch for a surprising plot twist at the end that gives the female protagonist a strength she hasn't had in past productions!
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