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Tony-Award Winning Musical Comedy “Sweet Charity” at LSU on March 7

02/21/2014 10:59 AM

BATON ROUGE – Before “Chicago” there was “Sweet Charity.” The LSU Student Union Theater is proud to present the Tony-award winning musical comedy “Sweet Charity” on Friday, March 7, at the LSU Student Union Theater. With lively choreography, snappy Neil Simon dialogue, and show-stopping numbers, this extravaganza is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Opening to rave reviews on Broadway in 1966, “Sweet Charity” is a tender, poignant and humorous look at the misadventures in the ways of love, which reveals the unforgettable Charity Valentine. Charity Valentine is the eternal optimist, who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. While working at the seedy Fan-Dango ballroom, where the motto is “Hey

Big Spender,” she often thinks, “There must be something better than this.” Charity sings, dances, laughs and cries her way through romances with the “animal magnetism” man, the “ultra-chic continental” type and the “impossible to believe but he’s better than nothing” guy. Finally, she seems to have met a decent fellow in Oscar and experiences wonderful things – “If my friends could see me now!”

Charity Valentine invites you to experience her all too real world of Times Square populated by the most charming group of characters that have ever graced a stage. From her cynical trio of dance hall girlfriends to the phony evangelist, to the Coney Island “fun people,” every character fascinates in Sweet Charity.

Tickets for Sweet Charity are on sale now and can be purchased online at, by phone at 225-578- 5128 or at the LSU Student Union Theater Box Offices. Box Office locations include the first floor of the Union Theater and the lobby of the Music and Dramatic Arts Building. For further information or group discount pricing, please call Terry Serio, associate theater director, at 225-578-6013 or email

About the Show: Combining the inspiration of Bob Fosse and the hilarity of Neil Simon, Boebe Productions presents “Sweet Charity,” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Dorothy Fields and book by Neil Simon. Directed and choreographed for Broadway by Bob Fosse starring his wife and famous red headed muse Gwen Verdon alongside John McMartin; it is based on Federico Fellini's screenplay for “Nights of Cabiria.” However, where Fellini’s black-and-white Italian film concerns the romantic ups-and-downs of an ever-hopeful prostitute, in the musical the central character is a dancer-for-hire at a Times Square dance hall. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1966, where it was nominated for 12 Tony Awards, and also ran in the West End as well as having revivals and international productions.

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Boebe Productions, established in 1994, produced Honky Tonk Highway Off Broadway and more than a dozen musicals in casino venues throughout the country including “Grease,” “Buddy … The Buddy Holly Story,” “42nd Street,” “Hairspray,” “Footloose” and “Cabaret.” Last season they toured “Titanic: The Musical.”

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