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Directed by Sean Daniels
Musical Direction by Ann-Carol Pence
Choreography by Jen MacQueen

The 2012–2013 Aurora Theatre season kicks off with a fresh new take on this classic Neil Simon hit musical. Don’t miss a minute of the misadventures of Charity Hope Valentine, a dance hall gal with a heart of gold who attempts to navigate the emotionally treacherous terrain of romance and New York City. Set in the 1960’s, show stopping musical numbers include: Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now and I’m A Brass Band.

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About the Authors

Neil Simon (Book), arguably the world’s most beloved playwright, has authored Come Blow Your Horn; Little Me, Barefoot in the Park; The Odd Couple; Sweet Charity; The Star‑Spangled Girl; Plaza Suite; Promises, Promises; Last of the Red Hot Lovers; The Gingerbread Lady; The Prisoner of Second Avenue; The Sunshine Boys; The Good Doctor; God’s Favorite; California Suite; Chapter Two; They’re Playing Our Song; I Ought to Be in Pictures; Fools; Brighton Beach Memoirs; Biloxi Blues; Broadway Bound; Rumors; Lost in Yonkers; Jake’s Women; The Goodbye Girl; Laughter on the 23rd Floor; London Suite; Proposals; Hotel Suite; The Dinner Party; 45 Seconds from Broadway; Oscar and Felix; Rose’s Dilemma; The Out‑of‑Towners; The Heartbreak Kid; Max Dugan Returns; and the books Rewrites and The Play Goes On. His plays have won numerous Tony Awards, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for Lost in Yonkers.

Cy Coleman (Music) “is a permanent gem in Broadway’s musical crown,” wrote The New York Post. His Broadway shows garnered Tony Awards, Drama Desk Awards, Critics Awards and many others. Included are such favorites as Sweet Charity, City of Angels, The Will Rogers Follies, Barnum, The Life and Little Me. Cy received three Emmys, two Grammys and countless Grammy nominations. Some hit songs include “Big Spender,” “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “Hey Look Me Over,” “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.” Mr. Coleman’s awards and honors include the Johnny Mercer Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Dramatists Guild’s Frederick Loewe award and ASCAP Foundation’s Richard Rodgers Award. He died suddenly one month before rehearsals began for the 2005 Broadway revival of Sweet Charity. Cy’s greatest production is Lily Cye, born May 17, 2000.

Dorothy Fields (Lyrics) wrote some of the most beloved lyrics ever (“I Can’t Give You Anything but Love,” “On the Sunny Side of the Street”) and some of the most romantic (“The Way You Look Tonight,” “Don’t Blame Me”). A star among lyricists during six decades, she wrote librettos for three Cole Porter shows, and her next score, Up in Central Park, presented dramatically mature lyrics that truly helped develop characters. Her collaborations with Cy Coleman (Sweet Charity and Seesaw) produced hit songs and reemphasized that her ear was uniquely attuned to the vernacular of the day. On the last night of her life, she had a first-run show (not a revival) running on Broadway.

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Producer’s Quote

Aurora Theatre Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez talks about the decision to open the 17th season with Sweet Charity, “We traditionally open the season with a classic Broadway musical at Aurora. Sean Daniels contacted me with this innovative chamber approach to Sweet Charity that would be performed by a cast of just nine people. The more he talked about the ingenious way we could present the show, the more Ann-Carol and I could not resist. Listening to his thoughtful ideas about the play, I knew we had to do the show. One interesting example is to show the pattern of people essentially dating the same ‘type,’ Charity’s love interests will all be played by the same actor. Sean has been a great asset to Aurora already and has consulted on new play projects over the last few years. I have been looking for an opportunity to bring him on board. Later this season, he will be back, to direct the new comedy Bob, too.”

Lobby Art Exhibition


Rick Damato, John Schmidt, and Barry Clanton are pleased to bring an art sale and auction to the Aurora Theatre. Damato will display mixed media hangable creations made from copper, slate, stained glass and other materials. Clanton has contributed several prints from another artist as well as one of his original prints. Schmidt is displaying his wood turnings that include unique birdhouse ornaments along with other intriguing pieces. Another longtime Habitat volunteer, David Stewart, is providing logistical and technical support.


100% of the proceeds go to benefit Aurora Theatre and the 2012 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Work Project for Haiti. Damato and Schmidt will travel to Haiti for the one-week blitz build with the goal of completing another 100 homes in Leogane, Haiti. Damato’s work was shown last season during the run of Gray Area.

Learn more about the Carter Work Project for Haiti

August 2–September 2, 2012

Wednesday–Saturday at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday at 2:30pm
Tickets $25–$35

Wednesday Discount Matinee
August 22 & 29 at 10:00am
Tickets $16

Show Sponsor:

Charity Hope Valentine Rebecca Simon*
Oscar Lindquist/Charlie/Vittorio Vidal Trent Blanton*
Nickie Caroline Freedlund
Helene Taryn Janelle
Ensemble Jevares C. Myrick
Ensemble Jimi Kocina*
Ensemble Loren Lott
Ensemble Jenna Edmonds
Ensemble John Markowski
Music Director/Keyboard Ann-Carol Pence
Percussion Mark Biering
Bass Greg Armijo
Bass David Goodwin
Guitar Luke Johnson
Trumpet Michael McKenzie
Trumpet Kevin McKinney
Trombone Mike Wilson
Trombone Tim Johnson
Woodwind 1 Dave D’Angelo
Woodwind 2 Joel Barker
Production Staff
Producer Anthony P. Rodriguez
Director Sean Daniels†
Associate Producer Ann-Carol Pence
Choreographer Jen MacQueen
Assistant Director Sarah Rowan
Stage Manager Kathryn M. Pelkey
Assistant Stage Manager EB Hooyer
Set Designer John Thigpen
Lighting Designer Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer Daniel Terry
Costume Designer Joanna Schmink
Props Designer EB Hooyer
Wig & Makeup Designer Montgomery Schuth
Production Manager Britt Hultgren Ramroop
Technical Director James M. Helms
Assistant Technical Director Daniel Terry
Scenic Artist Sarah Thomson
Follow Spot 1 Molly Huntington
Follow Spot 2 Sergio Rubio

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

†The Director is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union.

Sweet Charity is produced by arrangement with, and the music and dialogue material furnished by TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC.,
560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Wine Down Wednesdays

Free Wine Tasting in the Lobby Before Wednesday Evening Performances from 6:30–8:00pm

The wines paired for our production of Sweet Charity:

August 8: Featuring wines from Hood River, Oregon’s Naked Winery. Since its inception, Naked Winery has always donated a portion of their sales to worthy organizations.

  • Outdoor Wino Wanderlust White
  • Foreplay Chardonnay
  • Tease Riesling
  • Gay Rose
  • Dominatrix Pinot Noir
  • Naked Merlot
  • Missionary Cabernet Sauvignon

August 15: Featuring wines from Seattle’s Confectioners: The Sweet Wine Shop who offer a variety of flavors which vary in taste and appeal. The name Confectioner’s, which adorns each bottle, promises a delectably Sweet Wine experience. Two words: “Yum-my!”

  • Sweet Symphony Red Wine, soft and sweet with luscious fruit flavors of blueberry, raspberry and strawberry.
  • Angel Cake Chardonnay, soft and sweet with bright, tropical flavors and hints of apple.
  • Chocolate Red Wine, soft and sweet with aromas and flavors of black cherry and rich dark chocolate.
  • Moscato, sweet and fruit with candied peach, apricot and honeysuckle, and a hint of citrus.
  • Pink Moscato, sweet and fruit with delicious flavors of wild strawberry, watermelon and honeycomb.
  • Malbec, soft and sweet with ripened plum and blackberry flavors and a hint of dark chocolate.

 Courtesy of

Niko’s Wine Corner