Glencoe’s Writers' Theatre is continuing its season with “Sweet Charity,” based on the book by Neil Simon, and with music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Dorothy Fields. Directed by Michael Halberstam with musical direction by Doug Peck and choreography by Jessica Redish, this production will run from Jan. 22 to March 31. The press opening is Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
“Sweet Charity” centers around Charity Valentine, a woman with problems that aren’t unique—a dead-end job, a string of dates with identically flawed men and a knack for making the wrong choices. Of course, in her case the job is as a dance hall “hostess” and her dates all seem to end with her being pushed into the lake—but that won’t shake her belief that great things lie just ahead, and perhaps they do.
Artistic Director Michael Halberstam gives Charity reasons to sing and dance on the gritty streets of New York, and musical director Doug Peck re-imagines the score for a live jazz combo.
"Having now fully invested in the musical as part of the Writers' Theatre conversation, it makes sense that we should deepen our respect for the form with a foray into this most thrilling of genres—the dance musical. Along with the city's foremost music director Doug Peck and rising local choreographer Jessica Redish, we have assembled a talent-packed cast of actor-singer-dancers (or triple threats as they are known in the business) to bring Simon, Coleman and Fields’ musical to life,” Halberstam said. “We are particularly thrilled to be showcasing the remarkable appeal of Tiffany Topol who, already highly respected by her colleagues in Chicago, is about to introduce herself to our audiences in a mighty special way. Writers' Theatre is about to bring its own intimate brand of theatrical sizzle to Glencoe."
Curtain times are Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tickets cost $35-$70. Post-show discussions for Sweet Charity take place every Wednesday evening following the performance: Feb. 6, 13 and 27; and March 13, 20 and 27.
For tickets or more information about Writers’ Theatre, call 847-242-6000 or view the North Shore theater on the Web at www.writerstheatre.org, on Facebook or on Twitter at Twitter.com/WritersTheatre. Writers’ Theatre is located at 376 Park Ave. in Glencoe.
About Writers’ Theatre
Over the past 20 seasons, Writers' Theatre has become a major Chicagoland cultural destination for plays with a national reputation for excellence. Under the artistic leadership of Michael Halberstam and the executive leadership of Kathryn M. Lipuma, Writers' Theatre has been deemed the "best drama company in the nation" by the Wall Street Journal and achieved 20 years of surplus operations. The company, which plays to a sold-out and discerning audience of 35,000 patrons each season, has garnered critical praise for the consistently high quality and intimacy of its artistry.
In July 2011, Writers' Theatre announced the hiring of the award-winning, internationally renowned Studio Gang Architects, led by principle Jeanne Gang, FAIA to design a new home for the theater in downtown Glencoe. This will once again allow the theater to grow to accommodate its audience, while maintaining its trademark intimacy. The new facility will resonate with and complement the theater's neighboring Glencoe community, and will add tremendous value to Chicagoland and the North Shore as a premier cultural destination.