Department of Theatre and Dance Presenting ‘Sweet Charity’



Feb. 11, 2009 – The Tony Award winning musical “Sweet Charity” will be presented by Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-28 and at 2 p.m. March 1 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast’s River Campus.

First directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon, “Sweet Charity” is based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for “Nights of Cabiria.”  In its original Broadway production, “Sweet Charity” was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, winning one that recognized Fosse’s choreography. 

“Sweet Charity” tells the story of a positive young woman named Charity Hope Valentine.  Charity is employed as a taxi dancer at the Fan-Dango Ballroom, a N.Y. dance hall in the late 1960s.  In the Fan-Dango Ballroom, Charity and other streetwise hostesses share cynical advice about love and their abandoned dreams.  While the girls converse, Herman, the dance hall manager, goes about making sure the customers get what they’ve paid for.

Outside the dance hall, Charity’s innocence allows her to be taken advantage of repeatedly.  This includes the opening scene where her boyfriend Charlie pushes her into a lake, stealing her life’s savings.  Yet Charity does find herself in the spotlight of fame when a series of chance events lead her to spend the night in the closet of Vittorio Vidal, an Italian screen idol.

Eventually, fate steps in and traps her in an elevator with a claustrophobic tax accountant, Oscar Lindquist.  Both searching for that “something” missing, Charity joins Oscar at the Rhythm of Life Church.  Romance quickly grows only to fail after Oscar discovers Charity’s real occupation and dating history. With several trials and tribulations and several heartbreaks, sweet Charity continues searching for love, wide-eyed and hopeful.

Tickets Tickets

May be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets also may be purchased at all MetroTix outlets, visit online at, keyword “charity” or by calling toll-free (800) 293-5949.