Timber Lake Playhouse (TLP), northwestern Illinois’ professional summer theatre, announces the classic musical comedy Sweet Charity, originally choreographed and conceived by academy awarding-winning Bob Fosse, who also gave us Cabaret and Chicago. Audiences may remember Sweet Charity from the movie adaption starring Shirley McClain in 1969. The show will be presented for the first time on Timber Lake Playhouse’s stage June 30th through July 10th.
Through spectacular song and dance, Sweet Charity tells the story of Charity Hope Valentine (played by Alexandra Palkovic), a dancer at the Fandango Ballroom in New York City. Unlucky in love, Charity remains ever hopeful that she will find happiness, romance and a way out of her current life. When she meets a shy, nervous man named Oscar (Andrew Harth), Charity learns that you can’t run from your past—you can only dive head-first into your future full of hope and optimism. Full of fun, laughs and good times, Sweet Charity includes several songs that have become hits over the last forty years, such as “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now” and “There’s Gotta Be Something Better Than This.”
Lili-Anne Brown, who directed last year’s hilarious hit, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and 2009’s gorgeous Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, returns to TLP to stage Sweet Charity. Brown recently staged the Chicago premiere of the Tony winning musical Passing Strange, receiving rave reviews. She also completed a lauded extended run, performing in the new American play A Twist of Water. TLP favorite, Tyler Sawyer Smith, re-conceives Bob Fosse’s legendary and challenging original choreography. Smith was a part of last season’s company and appeared in Chicago, Love, Sex and the IRS, Charlotte’s Web and starred as Will Parker in Oklahoma!.
Ellen Ketelsen, KROS, http://www.krosradio.com/audio/TLP-SweethCharity_Review.mp3
Tim O’Brien, WSDR, http://www.digitaljournal.com/blog/12160#ixzz1QpNlfYDH “We may have seen a star being born right here in Mt. Carroll during the 50th season of this illustrious theater in the woods.”
Mike Schulz, River Cities Reader, http://www.rcreader.com/theatre/see-it-now-sweet-charity/ “The Timber Lake Playhouse’s current production of Sweet Charityfeatures the single most electrifying, exhilarating dance number I’ve ever seen on a stage.”