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‘Sweet Charity’musical revisits 1960s

The “Sweet Charity” Musical production showcased its hippy flare March 20 in Reynolds Performance Hall.

The show lasted from 7:30-10 p.m., with a brief intermission.

“Sweet Charity” is a musical about a girl named Charity Hope Valentine who lives in New York and is searching for love in the 60s.

Charity works at a dance hall, which causes her to fall for men who are not interested in love but instead her body and money.

After falling in and out of “love” with the men she dates, Charity decides to make some changes.

While trying to make changes, she runs into other key characters such as Oscar Lindquist, who becomes a serious love interest.

The play has many musical scenes set in locations such as the dance hall, a celebrity apartment, the streets, the park and an elevator.

The sets were limited so transitions could be made to show changes in locations.

Some props and sets had a modern 60s style and others had a hippy style.

Charity remains in her trademark red dress for most of the production. Other characters made many costume changes and play multiple
characters.

The audience members were given tie-dye peace sign necklaces upon entry.

Some dance numbers throughout the play featured large choreographed group numbers.

In the production at UCA, Jessica Evans played Charity
and Nate McVicker played Oscar.

Cy Coleman wrote the “Sweet Charity” music.

During the performance a live musician sat in the orchestra pit.

He provided sound effects and drum beats throughout the show.

The director and choreographer for the production was Paula Hammons Sloan and the musical director was Jeff Biering.

The musical premiered as a Broadway production in 1966. It was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

Since the premiere in 1966, there has been a screen adaptation.

In the film Shirley MacLaine plays Charity and John McMartin plays Oscar Lindquist.

Ashley Love, Reynolds Performance Hall finance and marketing director, said it was fun to see the 60s revived.

“We thought UCA students and the Conway community would enjoy being reacquainted with the 60s for a night,” she said.

Love said Reynolds hosts four Broadway productions each season.

“It’s wonderful being able to bring a piece of Broadway history to UCA and so much fun,” she said.

Violnia resident Linda Patterson said the musical was beautiful.

“I loved all of the costumes, [they were]so pretty,” she said. “The 60s style was fun and kind of different in a way.”

The event was recommended for a mature audience due to some subtle sexual references.

The next event in Reynolds Performance Hall will be “An Evening with Béla Fleck and Chick Corea.” The live music event will be at 7:30 p.m. on April 22.

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