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SWEET CHARITY

June 20 – July 1

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Directed and Choreographed by Kathleen Marshall
Musical Direction by Gerald Sternbach
Casting by Michael Donovan, CSA; Casting Associate Richie Ferris, CSA.
Based on an original screenplay by Federico Fellini, Tuillio Pinelli and Ennio Flaino.
Produced for the Broadway stage by: Fryer, Carr and Harris.
Conceived, Staged and Choreographed by Bob Fosse.
Starring Laura Bell Bundy as Charity, Barrett Foa as Oscar, and Jon Jon Briones as Herman

 

“ELECTRIC ENTERTAINMENT!”  “Time Magazine”

Based on Federico Fellini’s “Nights of Cabiria”, SWEET CHARITY was director Bob Fosse’s riotously colorful valentine to his then-wife, Broadway dancing phenomenon Gwen Verdon.  Premiering in 1966, it was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and ran for 608 performances. Charity was played in London by Juliet Prowse and by numerous stars in subsequent New York revivals, most recently in 2016 by Sutton Foster.

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SWEET CHARITY was a collaboration between some of Broadway’s most spectacular talents. The hilarious, razor-sharp dialogue is by Neil Simon (“Barefoot in the Park” and “The Odd Couple”); The pop-influenced, jazzy music by Cy Coleman (“Barnum” and “City of Angels” ) and lyrics by the legendary Dorothy Fields (“Sunny Side of the Street” and “I Can’t Give you Anything But Love”).

The story centers on Charity’s life as a dance hall hostess “with a heart of gold”, determined to break out of the Fan-Dango Ballroom.  She accidentally finds herself in the bedroom of an Italian film star as she starts dating the neurotic and shy Oscar. When Oscar proposes, he insists he doesn’t care about Charity’s profession. But in the end, he does care very much and Charity is soon back to having her toes and heart stepped on in the ballroom. But not before singing and dancing to such rousing Broadway classics as “Big Spender”, “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, “Where Am I Going” and, “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This”.

Our production is honored to have as its director/choreographer one of Broadway’s most celebrated artists, Kathleen Marshall. A winner of 3 Tony awards (with 6 more nominations), she directed and choreographed such hits as “Anything Goes” (2011 revival with Sutton Foster) and Pajama Game (2006 revival with Harry Connick, Jr.). She was also Artistic Director of New York’s “Encores” series.

“MAKES ONE VERY PROUD OF AMERICAN MUSICAL COMEDY”   “Cue Magazine”

“THE SHOW ITSELF IS A JOY. FROM THE MOMENTS YOU HEAR THE BRASSY OPENING NOTES OF “HEY BIG SPENDER”, ONE KNOWS – AS THE SONG PROMISES – THAT ONE IS IN FOR A REAL GOOD TIME”   “London Telegraph”

Some other interesting facts:

Shirley MacLaine starred in the subsequent movie version.

SWEET CHARITY re-opened Broadway’s Palace Theater after years of showing movies.

If you saw the show with Gwen Verdon at a Wednesday matinee, you may not have heard her sing “Where Am I Going” or dance to “I’m a Brass Band”.  She often skipped them to save her energy.

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Cast Bios

Laura Bell Bundy (Charity) Debuting at age 9 in Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular, she went on to originate the roles of “Tina Denmark” in Off Broadway’s Ruthless (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Nominations).Broadway: “Amber Von Tussle” in Hairspray, “Elle Woods” in Legally Blonde (Tony, Drama Desk & Outer Crics Circle Nominations), and took a turn as “Glinda” in Wicked. Bundy has appeared as recurring or leading characters on Television show’s such as  Good Behavior, Hart of Dixie, Anger Management, How I Met Your Mother,  Angie Tribeca, Idiot Sitter, Scream Queens, Documentary Now, Royal Pains, Cold Case, Veronica Mars, Home Improvement, Malibu Country, Guiding Light,. SHOW MORELaura Bell’s film work includes Dream Girls, Jumanji, Life with MikeyThe Adventures of Huck Finn, Beauty Mark and many more.  Bundy is a songwriter and recording artist.  Her Universal Records album, “Achin’ and Shakin’” debuted as Top #5 albums on The Billboard country music charts. She was nominated for CMT Breakout Video of the Year with “Giddy On Up.”  Bundy was featured in Rolling Stone for being the first female country artist to incorporate hip hop and dance beats into her music for her 2015 Big Machine album “ Another Piece Of Me.” Her production company, LBBTV has launched successful web series such as Cooter County and Skits-O-Frenic garnering millions of views on YouTube. SHOW LESS

Barrett Foa (Oscar) is best known as tech geek Eric Beale on all 9 seasons of the hit CBS crime drama/comedy “NCIS: Los Angeles.” The show airs Sundays at 9pm on CBS and in syndication on USA, ION, and all over the world. Other TV: “Entourage”, “NCIS”, “The Closer”, “Numb3rs”, “Six Degrees”. Last year, Foa’s solo cabaret show, Grin and Barrett played to sold out houses at NYC’s Feinstein’s/54 Below and LA’s Rockwell Table and Stage. While on hiatus, Foa starred in the off-Broadway one-man comedy, Buyer & Cellar (playing six characters including Barbra Streisand), starred as Harold Hill in The Music Man at Connecticut Rep., and starred, produced, and co-wrote the sold out hit For The Record: John Hughes at Rockwell in LA and City Winery in NYC. Prior to moving to LA, Foa starred on Broadway in the Tony-winning musicals Avenue Q (Princeton/Rod), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Leaf Coneybear), Mamma Mia! (original cast), and played Jesus in the 30th anniversary off-Broadway production of Godspell (cast recording). SHOW MOREIn New York, he has also worked at Playwrights Horizons (Adam Bock’s The Drunken City), The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, Roundabout, The York, The Houseman, and Ars Nova. Regional credits include: Paper Mill (Pirates!, Camelot), Bay Street (The Lady In Question w/ Charles Busch), Hartford Stage / The Shakespeare Theatre Co., D.C. (Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, The Muny, North Shore MT, Pittsburgh CLO, MT Wichita, Weston Playhouse, and Maine State MT. Born and raised in New York City, Foa graduated from The Dalton School in Manhattan, attended Interlochen Arts Camp for four summers, studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, and received his BFA in Musical Theatre Performance from The University of Michigan. Foa was the on-air backstage host and social media correspondent for the 2013 and 2014 Tony Awards on CBS. Follow him on Instagram/Twitter @BarrettFoa  SHOW LESS

Jon Jon Briones (Herman) was born and raised in the Philippines. In 1989 he joined the original London cast of Miss Saigon and later in 2014 starred as the Engineer in the London West End revival, which transferred to Broadway in 2017 (Olivier and a Drama Desk Award nominee; winner What’s On Stage, Broadway World, and Theater World Awards). He also appeared in tours of Miss Saigon in Germany, Asia, North America (twice), and returned to the original UK production for its final year. In Los Angeles, he played Georges in La Cage Aux Folles at East West Players (Ovation nomination); He was also nominated for an Ovation and an LA Weekly Award for playing the title character in The Romance of Magno Rubio at [Inside] the Ford and in a new work, Sweet Karma, as the lead character, Vichear Lam. He was involved in the pre-Broadway development of the musical, Allegiance with Lea Salonga and George Takei both in New York workshops and at the Old Globe in San Diego. SHOW MOREOther roles in Los Angeles, New York and around the globe include: Fredrik Egerman in A Little Night Music, Enjolras in Les Miserables, Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Tateh in Ragtime, Lion in the The Wiz, Laertes in Hamlet, Rapunzel’s Prince in Into the Woods, Slovitch in Fools, Man 1 in Closer Than Ever, and Lukas in Peregrinasyon with Ma-Yi Theater Company. Television guest star appearances include “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace,” “Las Vegas,” “Sons of Anarchy,” “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders,” “Designated Survivor,” “Bones,” “The Mentalist,” “Monk,” “Southland,” “Miami Medical,” “General Hospital,” “Law & Order LA” and “Moonlight.” Film credits include: Model Home, Blood Ransom, The Fifth Voyage of Sinbad, Breathe, Brown Soup Thing, An Immigrant Girl’s Journey, Proud American, Finding Foosball, Potluck, Feast and Yokai. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife and 2 children. SHOW LESS

Creative Team

Kathleen Marshall (Director and Choreographer)Broadway credits include In Transit, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Anything Goes, The Pajama Game, Wonderful Town, Living on Love, Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Follies, Seussical, Kiss Me, Kate, 1776 and Swinging on a Star.  Off-Broadway and regional: Two Gentlemen of Verona(NYSF), Saturday Night (Second Stage), Mamma Mia! (Hollywood Bowl), Love’s Labor’s Lost (Old Globe), My Paris (Long Wharf), Ever After (Paper Mill), Diner (Signature Theatre); The Unsinkable Molly Brown (St. Louis MUNY).  City Center Encores!:  The Band Wagon, I’m Getting My Act Together…, Bells Are Ringing, Carnival and Babes in Arms; Artistic Director for four seasons.  Film: My Week with Marilyn (choreographer); TV: “Once Upon a Mattress”, “The Music Man” (Emmy nomination) and “2 Broke Girls”.  She has received three Tony Awards (out of nine nominations), three Drama Desk Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Astaire Award, the George Abbott Award, the Smith College Medal (her alma mater) and the Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for the Arts.   She is a member of the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

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Rhonda Kohl(Associate Choreographer) is excited to be joining REPRISE 2.0.  She is an LA-based director who served as the 2016 SDCF Mildred-Traube directing Fellow on the Broadway debut of IN TRANSIT (Circle in the Square Theatre) with Kathleen Marshall. She worked again with Ms. Marshall on MAMMA MIA (Hollywood BowI) and DAMN YANKEES (Roundabout Theatre’s Benefit Reading). Rhonda directed the LA Times Critic’s Choice AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Actors Co-op) and POCKET UNIVERSE (Hollywood Fringe). She has assistant directed at Geffen Playhouse, Pasadena Playhouse, and is an associate member of the SDC and alumni of Director’s Lab West. www.rhondakohl.com

 

Stephen Gifford(Scenic Design) Stephen has designed over 150 productions in his 12 years living in Los Angeles.  His designs have been featured at The Chicago Theatre, Madison Square Garden, Bass Hall, Sacramento Music Circus, The Walnut Street Theatre, Juneau Lyric Opera, The Laguna Playhouse, La Mirada Performing Arts Center/McCoy Rigby, 3D Theatricals. He has garnered many awards and was awarded The Bob Z Award for career achievement in set design by the LADCC.  More about Stephen at www.stephengifforddesign.com

 

Angela Balogh Calin (Costume Design)   Angela is happy to be collaborating with Kathleen again. Previously she designed the costumes for Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl. Angela is a  costume and set designer with over 120 productions in local and regional theatres. Her recent credits include Shakespeare in love at The Alliance Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare, Mamma Mia at the Hollywood Bowl, Two Degrees and The Nest at Denver Center Theatre Company, Sugarplum Fairy, The Monster Builder and Peter and the Starcatcher at South Coast Repertory, Noises Off At Chautauqua Theatre Company, Sense and Sensibility At Milwaukee Rep,  Henry V, Man Of La Mancha and The Imaginary Invalid at A Noise Within Theatre where she’s a resident artist. Her work has been seen at the South Coast Rep., Old Globe, Milwaukee Rep, Denver Center Theatre, Alliance Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Georgia Shakespeare, Antaeus and various other theatres in Los Angeles. Angela’s designs garnered L.A Drama Critic’s Circle, Ovation, Backstage and Drama Logue Awards. Angela has 16 film production credits in the US and her native Romania and she holds an MFA in set and costume design from the Academy of Arts “N. Grigorescu” in Bucharest- Romania.

Judi Lewin (Wig Design) Judi is a seasoned Hair/Wig/Makeup Designer in and around Los Angeles and surrounding areas. Judi has lived in Los Angeles with her family since 1990, having moved from Toronto, Canada. In Toronto she worked primarily in Theatre and for the Canadian Opera Company. In Los Angeles Judi has incorporated Film and Television into her repertoire. She has also Designed National tours and a European Tour of shows. Some of the Theatre Companies Judi has Designed for include: Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, The Rubicon in Ventura, The Fremont in Pasadena, Interact in North Hollywood, The Blank in Hollywood, The Fountain in Hollywood, McCoy Rigby Entertainment in La Mirada, Sacramento Music Circus in Sacramento, Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills, West Coast Jewish Theatre and Group Rep in Burbank.

Jonathan Burke (Sound Design) Is thrilled to be joining Reprise 2.0. Select designs include: Off Broadway: Lonesome Traveler, The Best is Yet to Come: The Music of Cy Coleman (59E59). Regional: Chasing Mem’ries, Outside Mullingar, The Seafarer, Cookin’ at the Cookery, The Weir (Geffen Playhouse), Our Town (Pasadena Playhouse). My Fair Lady, Last Five Years (Ovation Nomination), Hello! My Baby, Daddy Long Legs (Ovation Nomination), (Rubicon Theatre Co.).Resident Sound Designer for Cabrillo Music Theatre (now 5 Star Theatricals) since 2003 and has worked on productions with the LA Opera, Mark Taper Forum, Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. jonathanburkesounddesign.com

 

Jared A Sayeg (Lighting Design) is a four-time Ovation Award Nominee and winner of the Ovation, StageRaw & Garland Award as well as a recipient of the LADDC Kinetic Lighting Award.  His designs have been seen throughout the U.S., Broadway, Off-Broadway, West-End, Canada, Spain, Edinburgh & Las Vegas. National Tours include Blithe Spirit starring Angela Lansbury, The Who’s Tommy with Alice Ripley, Queen of Spades starring Placido Domingo (Madrid) and Rolling with Laughter at Her Majesty’s Theatre (West-End). Broadway: The Illusionists (Neil Simon & National Tour) Bravo Bernstein, Gotham Glory (Carnegie Hall) and was on the design teams for: PRIMO, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Woman in White and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Regional: Center Theatre Group, Pasadena Playhouse, South Coast Repertory, Sacramento Music Circus, International City Theatre, Reprise, Ensemble Theatre Company, Laguna Playhouse, Virginia Stage Company, The Colony, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.  Jared is Principal Designer for the USA International Ballet Competitions and has designed Holland America & Norwegian Cruise Lines. Jared became the youngest member of the United Scenic Artists-Local 829 and serves as a trustee to the executive board. www.jaslighting.com

Brian Monahan (Lighting Design) Brian received a Tony nomination and LA Ovation nomination for his work on the Broadway hit The Drowsy Chaperone. He was also the co-designer on The Woman In Black (Old Globe, Off-Broadway). Recent designs include: The Disney Symphonic Legacy Concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Jim Henson’s Bear In The Big Blue House – Live! (U.S. tour); The Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Mexico City, Nashville); Disney’s Steps In Time (California Adventure) and South Street: A Musical (Pasadena Playhouse). Brian has designed over 50 production shows for both Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines as well as seasonal shows at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. He has designed concert tours for Frank Sinatra; Ann-Margret; and Charles Aznavour among many others. For television he designed Frank Sinatra’s 75th Birthday Celebration for CBS and The Ultimate Event: Frank, Liza and Sammy for Showtime for which he won a cable ACE Award.

Ryan Marsh (Projection Design) is third year undergraduate designer at UCLA studying sound and lighting design.  Recent credits include the west coast premiere of Steel Pier (sound design), How to Survive an Unnatural Disaster (lighting design), and Uncle Vanya (sound design).

 

 

 

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