Carbonell Award Winner
in the classic musical
at the Boca Raton Theatre Guild
March 2nd – March 18th
Charity Hope Valentine, Dance Hall Hostess, unlucky romantic, and eternal optimist, continuously searches for true love in Sweet Charity, the Tony Award-winning musical which will be presented by the Boca Raton Theatre Guild at the Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park from March 2nd -18th.
Neil Simon’s sparklingly clever script, loosely adapted from Fellini’s “Nights in Cabiria”, follows Charity (and some of her very unusual friends) through a series of misadventures, and documents her constant and unfortunate tendency to offer her heart to the wrong man. Simon updated the story from Rome in the 1950s to New York City in the 1960s while the hippie culture was just emerging and taxi dancers were quickly becoming relics. “This is Neil Simon doing what he did best: a bittersweet comedy with plenty of memorable zingers and clever situations,” says the musical’s director Keith Garsson.
“Sweet Charity is one of the best musicals ever written”, says Garsson, who helmed last year’s BRTG hit production of Cabaret. “All the elements clicked back in 1966: Gwen Verdon, one of theater’s greatest dancers, Bob Fosse, choreographer and director, and most importantly a very jazzy score by the legendary Cy Coleman.” The score, with its witty lyrics by Dorothy Fields, features such classics as Big Spender, If They Could See Me Now, and Rhythm of Life. “These are songs we sang in high school and summer camp.”
“It is surprising to me that Sweet Charity doesn’t receive more recognition, after all it’s a dream role for a lot of women,” Garsson says. “In this case it’s a dream cast with one of South Florida’s finest musical comediennes, Margot Moreland, as Charity. Margot has always wanted to play this role. What can I say? The timing was perfect and early rehearsals proved she owned this part immediately.”
Margot Moreland (Charity Valentine) is the recipient of 3 Carbonell Awards, and 4 Curtain Up Awards. Her distinguished career includes performances on stage, as well as in film, and television. She has toured nationally and regionally, and is a member of AEA, SAG, and AFTRA.
Jeffrey Bruce (Oscar Lindquist) has participated in 9 National tours, including How To Succeed… (Finch), Camelot (Mordred), Boys in the Band (Harold) and Flower Drum Song He served as the permanent guest host on the nation’s #1 local television talk show, Kelly & Co., in Detroit for 21 years. He played The Witch in Hansel & Gretel, at the Michigan Opera Theatre. Jeffrey is a member of The Zoetic Stage Theatre Company in Miami.
Sweet Charity will run from March 2nd through March 18th. Performances are: Wednesday – Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. The Willow Theatre in Sugar Sand Park is located at 300 South Military Trail in Boca Raton, just south of Palmetto Park Road. Tickets for Sweet Charity are $20 and are on sale now. Tickets can be purchased at the Willow Theatre Box office: 561-347-3948.
The Boca Raton Theatre Guild is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to producing professional productions and advancing the art of theatre in the South Florida community.
For more information about Sweet Charity and/or the Boca Raton Theatre Guild, please visit www.brtg.org